By Sahra Gibbon
The publication examines the social and cultural context of recent genetic wisdom linked to breast melanoma. It appears to be like at how this data and applied sciences are used and acquired in contrasting social arenas - melanoma genetic clinics and a breast melanoma examine charity.
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But they had very different lives it’s an unlikely fluke because one lived in the country and did nothing for years and years and the other lived in the city and just worked. They had very different lives so it’s more probable that it’s genetic [so] it just seemed obvious that I am at higher risk than probably a lot of my friends. In general, when there were several cases of breast cancer in the family, those I talked to were inclined to think that it was unlikely to be just a ‘coincidence’. Genes provided a comprehensible, plausible and rational explanation for the cases of cancer in the family.
For another person going to the clinic, following her mother’s treatment for breast cancer was also part of an attempt to undertake preventative action: Emily: I’ve become far more aware of checking myself and looking for signs and talking to other people about it, like friends in my peer group, they talk about it. It surprises me how little they know about it, it shocks me. It’s important to discuss it and it’s important to go and get checked. The Enrolment of ‘Patients’ 27 Both these comments reflect the way that those attending these clinics, are for the most part not only cognisant of a high profile discourse about the ‘risk’ of breast cancer but the need also to be personally active around prevention.
I’m being referred and I’m being referred today. A lot of people do have problems because they’re not educated in thinking about their own health. People are very lackadaisical about their health, you know it’s the age old thing, health is when you don’t have symptoms. Some women also talked about their visit to the clinic in terms of ‘not living in regret’ or being ‘upfront’ about health issues. This served to illustrate how, for these persons, a moral code of awareness and ‘rights’ to health care was instrumentally linked to a process of prevention.
Breast cancer genes and the gendering of knowledge : science and citizenship in the cultural context of the "new" genetics by Sahra Gibbon