A Clean Breast

A Clean Breast

The morning she woke up with a pain in her right breast, Theresa Tan knew her life would never be the same again. In this deeply personal book, Theresa shares her horrific discovery of breast cancer and the painful loss of her breast to the disease.

Journey with her as she emerges through the darkest period of her life to be stronger and fitter than ever, filled with a purpose to help and encourage other women experiencing cancer. Written in an intimate style, speckled with humour, A Clean Breast is the story of a woman who decided to kill cancer before it killed her.


Print publisher: Write Editions

Author: Theresa Tan

Theresa Tan is a Singapore-based writer, editor and playwright. Her long career in publishing has taken her from being an arts writer for entertainment magazine 8 Days in the 1990s to being the editor-in-chief for fashion magazine ELLE Singapore (1999-2002). Today, she runs a boutique writing outfit, WORD Agency, which she co-founded. She was a joint-winner of the Singapore Woman Award, presented by MediaCorp, in recognition of her work in educating women about breast cancer.


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