Dr. Cynthia Ryan is associate professor of English at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she teaches courses in science writing, writing and medicine, and magazine writing. When diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993 while completing her PhD at Purdue University, Dr. Ryan refocused her research on the construction of breast cancer messages in medicine and the media. She has remained active in research in the rhetoric of health and medicine, serving as associate editor of the journal Rhetoric of Health and Medicine (U of Florida Press) and co-editor of the book Rhetoric of Health and Medicine As/Is: Theories and Approaches for the Field (Ohio State, 2020). As a two-time breast cancer survivor, Dr. Ryan has been a vocal advocate for addressing disparities in health care. Her writing about cancer health disparities has appeared in numerous media outlets including Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Huffington Post, and websites for the National Cancer Institute and American Association for Cancer Research. She is co-creator of The Alabama Project, a traveling exhibit featuring photographs by David Jay alongside cancer survivor stories penned by Ryan. Street Smarts™, a cancer education program for women who are struggling with homelessness, was launched by Ryan in 2011.