Guidelines suggest counseling before BRCA-mutation genetic testing

04/2/2013 | Reuters

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released draft guidelines on breast and ovarian cancer screening, urging physicians to assess patients with a family history of the diseases to see if they were due in part to BRCA mutations. Women whose family history is tied to genetics should also undergo counseling prior to genetic testing, the agency stated. "The message for most people is, 'This test is not going to benefit you in any way,' " said Dr. Virginia Moyer, chairwoman of the task force. "But for women who do have a family history, it's clear there is a benefit if you winnow it down to the right people."

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