Breast cancer gene testing may be appropriate for more young breast cancer patients

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Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer

Women who have breast cancer before age 50 and who have few female relatives on one side of their family tree should be considered candidates for genetic testing for cancer genes, say a team of researchers at City of Hope. Their research challenges the accuracy of some breast cancer prediction models that do not take family structure into account. Their findings appear in the June 20 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Most physicians agree that genetic testing for genes linked to breast cancer, including mutated BRCA genes, is not recommended for the general population without cancer, since the risk of carrying such a gene is low