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'Cancer Vixen - a true story', graphic novel, United Kingdom, 2007

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“What happens when a shoe-crazy, lipstick-obsessed, wine-swilling, pasta-slurping, fashion-fanatic, single-forever, about-to-get-married big-city girl cartoonist with a fabulous life finds … a lump in her breast?” This is the tag line for the graphic novel Cancer Vixen by Marisa Acocella Marchetto, an American cartoonist. The book relates the experience of her eleven-month, successful fight against breast cancer, from diagnosis to cure. A percentage of the profits from the book are given to the Breast Cancer Research Fund and the Cancer Vixen Fund. The book is now being made into a film. Worldwide, breast cancer is the second most common cancer – after lung cancer.

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    A written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers. Usually continuous printing or writing.

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    Any cancerous tumour. It arises from the abnormal and uncontrolled division of cells which then invade and destroy the surrounding tissues. Cancer cells spread and can form secondary tumours some distance from the original.