Pushing a Genetic Test Most Women Don’t Need (or, Be afraid! Pay money!)
I’ve been slightly less prolific here recently than I like to be, due to prepping the garden, my real job, and life in general. Luckily, the OBOS folks keep me on a bloggy schedule.
Yesterday’s post at Our Bodies, Ourselves, “Selling Women Fear Through Genetic Testing Advertisements,” addresses a company that is marketing a genetic test for breast and ovarian cancer risk factors to the masses, despite how few women need the test, the outrageous cost, and the limited evidence on whether acting on the test results actually helps to prolong women’s lives.
Essentially, Myriad is attempting to convince women to be afraid of what lurks in their genes (understanding that many women are not knowledgeable about this topic), and to convince them to seek this expensive testing, ultimately benefiting Myriad’s bottom line if not the women themselves.
For more, head on over to OBOS. I’d love to see some of my regulars here get involved in the discussion there. Don’t be put off by the comment moderation – it’s just to prevent spam, and we’re quick on ’em.