Yes, hold on to your breasts because they are trending high in the medical industry! I recently walked through a lovely local street festival in my area when suddenly a smiling woman jumped out from a stand waving a flyer in my face and said exuberantly”Have you had your annual mammogram yet?” Little did she know, I was already a breast cancer survivor ( read my story here) and went through my share of tests I never want to endure again. Her jumping in my face as I casually walked by was unpleasant but what really disturbed me was the “peddling” of medical tests at a community festival. Have things gone too far? Do they need to be “marketing” breasts exams at a local supposedly “fun” community festival? I realized at that very moment that my breasts were a “target” for business.
The second story on breasts followed a week later and it was Angelina Jolie’s OP ed also in the NYTimes entitled “My Medical Choice” http://nyti.ms/10ObmIv. Angela’s choice to preempt any chance of getting breast cancer by having a double mastectomy was a a highly personal and individual choice for Angelina but it also raised all kinds of questions about gene testing for “fearful”women all over the world.
Thankfully I found an article http://www.theplc.net/brca.html from a Doctor I respect (and for full disclosure I used to work for) who wrote a grounded piece entitled ” Are Your Breasts as Dangerous as Angela Jolie’s?” Dr. Fein of the Princeton Longevity Center in NJ walks you through the facts ( at least what we know thus far) and you will learn more about whether you need to run out and get a BRCA test.
The big elephant in the room is “breasts” have become a target for money making industries. However well-intentioned some might be, the medical industry is building “business models” around your breast and banking on the possibility that one day you might have a few specs on your mammogram. So hold on to your breasts ladies–because they are wanted! This is business as usual and your breasts are trending high…
WWB Note: Always be your own guru and make medical decisions based on what is right for your bio-individuality and personal circumstance. This blog post is not meant to demonize medical professionals, rather my hope is it will give wider context and perspective to women who are bombarded with scary information ( and sometimes scare tactics) about their breasts.