The INPS, the association aBRCAdaBRA and the Italian Federation of Voluntary Associations in Oncology have reached a fundamental agreement for hundreds of people. Women with the BRCA gene can resort to preventative surgery, even if they are still healthy. From now on, they will be entitled to a percentage of civil disability.
In Italy there are 75-150 thousand people with BRCA mutations. This increases the risk of breast and ovarian cancer even under 30 years. To avoid it, you can do three things:
- close periodic visits;
- preventive chemo;
- preventive mastoplasty.
For most women, specialist visits are more than enough. For high-risk subjects, on the other hand, partial or total removal of the breast is the only solution. The operation involves a permanent impairment, with a strong functional and psychological discomfort.
This is why the associations have asked for disability for women who face the operation, even if they are not cancer patients. It will be a percentage proportional to the severity of the disorder and equal to a "non-serious handicap". Thanks to the agreement, BRCA mutations will be protected even if cancer is not in place. This is the sign of a new awareness of genetic risk and the importance of prevention. Above all, he recognizes the impact of such a discovery on a woman's life, forced to revolutionize her body to protect herself.