Actually the vast majority of breast and other cancers are not caused by genetic or family history. They just happen. There are risk factors that are known but the real reason of why someone gets it instead of someone else is not really known. But there is a fear among women regarding getting breast cancer. A lot of women are just scared of it.
So even though we do not have the cause ironed out, a company, BREVAGen, has developed a predictive risk screening test to see if women are more or less likely to get the disease. And they are selling it.
'"The vast majority of women who get breast cancer do not have familial history such as first degree relatives with cancer. For those patients, BREVAGen allows me to make informed decisions based on their individual risk indicators and genetics"... "Determining the appropriate level of surveillance is critical for patient compliance, early cancer detection, and controlling healthcare costs. BREVAGen helps me identify those patients that benefit from a more intensive surveillance. This proactive approach might include breast MRI and/or the use of anti-estrogen medications, coupled with patient lifestyle changes, all focused on the prevention or early detection of breast cancer."
Hmmm... so they are analyzing exposure to risk factors. But that does not give us a cure.This is part of the role personalized medicine plays in helping treat patients. I am completely for personalized medicine but I am not sure what I think a company making money off analysis of risk factors as opposed to finding a cure. Yes this will help in getting the right women early screening and allow for early detection. But does it help prevent cancer? Not really. Does it help determine the cause of cancer? No. Does it prey on the fears of women who are concerned about developing breast cancer? Possibly.