Dear Ms. Silberman,
On behalf of AirXpanders I would like to sincerely apologize for the insensitive outreach that you received last week on behalf of our company. This language was neither reviewed or approved by the company and its trivialization of breast cancer patients worldwide is unacceptable. As you know, we have worked with Lazar Partners to have this campaign taken down immediately and will not proceed with it or any other campaign in its place.
As a company, we fully support a woman’s right to choose what treatment may be right for them based on their particular situation. It is equally unbelievable to us that over half of the women who present for mastectomy are never told what their options are for reconstruction; however, through state inspired legislation and the great work at the ASPS, this too is changing.
Nevertheless, the points that you and your peers have brought up are incredibly valid and we will take them to heart in the positioning of our technology at the appropriate time. Our device simply creates an anatomical space under the chest muscle for a permanent implant following a mastectomy. In a clinical setting it has shown that it can help patients reach full expansion faster than the technology that is currently used without needles and can be controlled by the patient based off of her comfort. Any other claim or inference that it can do anything else is unfounded and not supported by the company.
Personally, my mother was successfully treated for malignant ovarian cancer which as you know is genetically quite similar to breast cancer. She now approaches every mammogram with the fear that she will have recurrence or develop breast cancer independent of her previous surgery. Equally, virtually everyone in our company has had their or someone they love’s lives touched by breast cancer. With a 1 in 8 prevalence rate I am sure that it is this way everywhere.
Again, please accept my apology and acknowledgement that the inappropriate and insensitive inferences sent to you and other individuals will never occur again. In the future we will make donations to charities and foundations that support curative measures and helping women understand their treatment options for breast reconstruction.
With Sincerest Regards,
President & CEO
So I think we can say we successfully let all involved know how we feel about out cancer being minimized, sexualized and reduced to the place where it grew - and at least one firm will not be using the sexy melon terminology when trying to sell a product to cancer patients again.
So I want to thank everybody who jumped in with me to make our voices known, or who worked with the other bloggers involved who were as outraged as I was at this insensitive social media campaign.
All I truly want is to educate people about this disease and how it should be portrayed.
I've come a long way myself since I started this blog and we can't expect people to get it instantly, especially in a world where pink is used to sell porn, and motorboating women for cancer charities is considered acceptable. But we have done our small part to enlighten and for that, I thank you all.