Take Action

There are many ways to take action and work to change the policies and problems surrounding access to genetic information and genetic testing as brought up throughout In the Family. Here are some options:

Host a Community Screening of In the Family to raise awareness and educate people about the complexities of genetic testing and hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. To learn how to host a screening, visit our Screenings Page.

Recruit local experts and invite them to participate in a panel discussion or Q&A about GINA (the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act) and what the law means for individuals today and in the future.

Find out if your state laws include genetic protections. If they do not, contact state legislators to introduce and pass laws that strengthen GINA at the local level.

Take your family’s medical history and encourage others to learn their family histories of potentially hereditary diseases like cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. The U.S. Surgeon General has a Family History Tool in both English and Spanish.

Host a screening of In the Family for health care, mental health and social service professionals to increase their understanding of what women experience as they go through the complexity of decision-making around genetic testing and cancer diagnoses.

Conduct a campaign to encourage women in your group or community to take advantage of screening and testing services for breast and ovarian cancers, including mammography and, where indicated by family history, genetic testing. Help ensure that healthful screening services, including counseling and support, are available to all women in your community, irrespective of their ability to pay or their insurance status.

Determine if your state requires insurance coverage for cancer screening and diagnostic tests, like mammography and the CA-125 blood test. Then, write a letter to your local representative either agreeing or disagreeing with your state’s policy.

Organize a community health fair targeted towards learning more about hereditary diseases. Invite local genetic counselors (you can find one near you on the National Society of Genetic Counselors' website to participate.

Hold a fundraiser for under-insured and un-insured women who would like to take advantage of genetic testing but cannot afford the cost of testing.

Join the Discussion

Visit our forums to share your opinions about the film or to discuss how BRCA and genetic testing have touched your life of the life of someone you know.

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