Yes, thank god someone did before she had ovarian or breast cancer! If she would have, penetrance here is NOT 100% guys......
I am also glad that the woman who had the test was mentally stable enough and smart enough to seek professional help. I wonder what her husband and her do for a living?
I wonder if they are college educated. I wonder if there demographic is anything like the majority of the United States.....probably not.... Oh wait. Princeton Grad, Prior Google Grad, CEO ....yeah sounds just like my cousin Billy in Dushore PA (FYI I don't have a cousin Billy) But Dushore is in BFE .....
I am not glad that everyone is NOT like Mrs. Steinberg or her husband. In the right hands and with easy access to health professionals this works, sometimes........That is why the FDA has stepped in. Not everyone lives like the Steinberg's
Without professionals and without a level head, this could be a problem.
But the news story re-emphasizes what is crystal clear. This is an unregulated company that delivered a medical diagnostic. This result then drove clinical decision making.
Seriously. The DTCGBRCA test is a medical test. I think the FDA gets that part. Despite what DTCG says.
The Sherpa Says: I am happy for this woman. We need more testing, I agree with Myriad. I also think CGCs should be out teaching doctors rather than letting pharma reps do it. In fact excellent CGCs like Ms. Matloff should never see patients and should instead teach doctors how to do cancer counseling everyday. That is what is needed here, more education given to those who need it. Because clearly the doctors who told Mrs Steinberg (I assume she is AJ) that she wouldn't "need" genetic testing despite the family history of cancer are likely in need of some schooling.