GUEST POST by Dave Bushman
|Dave Bushman is the creator of the BRCA BROTHERHOOD|
Discussions about BRCA gene mutations have focused on women. However, it is also important that men be part of the discussion. Men are equally as likely to carry as well as pass on a BRCA genetic mutation. MALES need to part of the BRCA discussion as there are many different issues that affect them as well.
1. Men who are BRCA positive with or without a cancer diagnosis.
2. Men whose wives/partners are BRCA positive (with or without a cancer diagnosis)
3. Men who have a child who is BRCA positive (with or without a cancer diagnosis).
4. Men who are BRCA positive but have a child who has not yet undergone genetic counseling or testing.
5. Men who are BRCA positive but has one or more relatives who have not yet undergone genetic counseling or genetic testing.
Men in each of these categories have their own specific concerns, needs, and interests.
With that in mind, I set up The BRCA Brotherhood Facebook group, a private group for men only. It is the companion group to The BRCA Sisterhood Facebook group, which is for women only.
No one needs to go through these issues alone. The issues surrounding Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer affect women, men, spouses, significant others, siblings, & children.
The purpose of The BRCA Brotherhood is to allow men who have a BRCA gene mutation or have a family member with a BRCA gene mutation an opportunity to discuss all the various issues in a safe, supportive place.