'The Bold Type' Tackles BRCA DNA Testing On Tonight's Ep - Sneak Peek Here!

'The Bold Type' Tackles BRCA DNA Testing On Tonight's Ep - Sneak Peek Here!

Katie Stevens‘s new show, The Bold Type, is taking on an issue that we all need to pay attention to.

In tonight’s episode, “The Breast Issue”, Katie‘s character Jane confronts past issues and current anxieties when she is tasked with writing a controversial piece about BRCA gene testing.

The test uses DNA analysis to determine if you inherited the BRCA mutation and — if you have — helps figure out your cancer risk.

“Tonights episode holds a very very special place in my heart,” Katie told fans on Twitter after alerting them she won’t be around for a live-tweet session.

Showrunner Sarah Watson opened up about the episode to EW and what it means to Jane: “We set up in the pilot that Jane lost her mom at a very young age which has been a huge part of the fold of the show — that Jacqueline, in a way, fills this mother figure [role] for her.”

“We will find out what happened to her mom and then we’re going to tackle the BRCA gene issue which I’m really proud of.”

She adds, “I know it’s something that’s been done on television with older women but we’ve never seen women in their 20s tackle it and so I’m very excited about that.”

Tune in TONIGHT @ 9PM ET/PT on Freeform.

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  • http://twitter.com/BRCAresponder Amy Byer Shainman

    I applaud The Bold Type for having BRCA and hereditary cancer as part of Jane’s storyline. As an advocate for those with BRCA and other hereditary cancer syndromes I appreciate this focus and the awareness this storyline will provide. In addition, I was pleasantly surprised when BRCA was correctly pronounced “B-R-C-A” when it was first mentioned in the Tuesday night episode. I also love how they addressed #FreeTheNipple. However, it’s clear by watching that the writers consulted with some sort of expert for this storyline, it doesn’t seem like they consulted with the most qualified expert, a certified genetic counselor. Jane went to a “BRCA doctor” (which I’m not sure what that means) and there was no pre-test genetic counseling by a certified genetic counselor as to what her test results positive or negative for a gene mutation would mean for Jane. The show had an opportunity to hit awareness home harder by indicating that there are MANY gene mutations beyond BRCA and certified genetic counseling to understand and interpret individual cancer risk is vital. However, I don’t know whether the writers know or understand that themselves. With that said, I’m hopeful for the storyline the remainder of The Bold Type season. We’ll see. I’m rooting for the show to succeed on all fronts.

    Amy Byer Shainman @amybyershainman:disqus
    The BRCA Responder http://twitter.com/BRCAresponder
    Advocate for those with BRCA & other hereditary cancer syndromes
    Executive Producer: Pink & Blue: Colors of Hereditary Cancer