Health Care Privacy Laws Need to be Re-evaluated

I don’t have to imagine this; I lived this nightmare.

My wife died a horrible death from hereditary cancer. But her cancer and her untimely death could have been prevented.
The graphic is loosely based on my late wife’s family pedigree. In her family, the exact same BRCA2 mutation-- let me repeat that -- EXACT SAME BRCA2 MUTATION is shared among 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and possibly 6th degree (too young to test) blood relatives. That’s a higher degree of separation than is shown on the graphic.

As you can see, it was not just an individual issue; it was a familial issue. Unfortunately, it was not treated as such, resulting in a very preventable tragedy.


Read my story about this graphic at CureToday.com
Six Degrees of Separation for Cancer Genetics


Having a genetic mutation that increases your risk of cancer is not that rare.
About 1 in 279 people have a genetic mutation that puts them at risk of Lynch Syndrome. Colorectal, stomach, ovarian, and pancreatic cancer, are just some of the cancers associated with the mutations linked to the syndrome.
About 1 in 400 people have a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation that puts them at risk of Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome.
There are more than 50 other hereditary cancer syndromes.
And the percentage of hereditary cancers may actually be higher than what is often quoted, as a MAYO study demonstrated: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-11-patients-cancer-harbor-inherited-genetic.html


More hereditary cancer information created by me at: www.MARKiX.net/BRCA2
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Genetic Testing Can Prevent Cancer and Save Lives

Because I advocate about the importance of knowing and sharing family health history, I felt I needed to be fully tested for the 84 known genes associated with hereditary cancers. This is my story at CureToday.com about getting tested.

Genetic testing saves lives.

Here is the link to the story:

Hereditary Cancer Advocacy and Looking into My Genetic Inheritance

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The Healing Power of Art

If you know of any cancer patients or caregivers who might benefit from taking a creative break, I have created some coloring pages for them.

It’s a personal project of mine that I’ve just released on the website Art Mends. On the site, you will find several coloring pages that can be downloaded for royalty-free use. I hope to add at least one new image every week.

Art Mends was originally created to provide free art supplies and coloring pages to a local hospital. But I had to give up that project when I became my late wife's full-time cancer caregiver. Hereditary cancer changed everything.

I was inspired to rework Art Mends after doing several art activities and coloring pages as a contributor for Cure Today, the cancer care website. After seeing some of those activities, a reader suggested that I create a coloring book, sell it, and donate the proceeds to a cancer charity. But I think just providing royalty-free pages that can be downloaded anytime for free is far more beneficial for cancer patients and cancer caregivers.

Of course, anyone else who is ill or grieving that might need a creative break is welcome to use the pages as well.

There are no ads or donation requests, just art activities created by me.

The very thought of someone struggling with a cancer diagnosis is heartbreaking. I wish I could cure it. Or better yet, prevent it. But I’m just a professional artist, so the best I can do is try and use my artistic abilities to give someone suffering from the malevolent disease a creative break.

Please share.

#CancerPatients #CancerCaregivers #ArtTherapy #ArtActivities #cancer #CancerIsEvil.