Monday, April 8, 2013

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force makes Recommendations for Genetic Cousneling and Testing

New guidelines, from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, are in draft form - clinicians should screen women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer to see if the cancers might be due to certain mutations - and if so, women should be counseled about their personal risks before getting tested

"Knowing your own personal and family history and getting advice about whether the cancers in your family are hereditary is really critical. And (so is seeing) a certified genetic counselor to get that information," said Ellen T. Matloff, Director of Cancer Genetic Counseling at Yale.

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