BRCA awareness saves lives
I was so excited to get my mail yesterday and see the great cover story on the Detroit Jewish News on the breast cancer gene (BRCA). I am so happy that Lisa Siegmann was willing to share her story to help so many women. And I’m so grateful that the Jewish News recognized the importance of this message. Social marketing can save lives–especially when it involves building awareness of an unknown risk factor. Research into finding new diagnostics, treatments and a cure is essential. However, we must make sure that a portion of our efforts are directed to raising awareness. Until there is a cure, early detection and prevention for those at high risk is our life-saving hope.
Let’s continue to find ways to educate women and the community on BRCA and the risk factors associated with this genetic mutation. I know there are many women, like Lisa, who chose prophylactic surgery only to find out that it was only a matter of time until a diagnosis. In this case, knowledge really is power.