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DNA tests can guide breast cancer treatment, while also raising questions we can’t yet answer

In a new era of precision medicine, the role of genetics is becoming increasingly critical to determine who might benefit ...
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Viewpoint: We need to rebrand the BRCA ‘breast cancer’ genes to help men understand their own risks

Both men and women have the same risk of developing BRCA1 and 2 gene mutations, but men are ten times less likely to get ...
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BRCA nightmare: Genetic testing analysis changes—after preventive surgery

When she was in her early 30s, Katy Mathes decided to check her cancer risk. A genetic test showed a ...
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Consumer genetic tests shouldn’t be used to make health decisions, experts warn

People should not make health decisions based on genetic tests they do at home, experts have warned. The University of ...
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Breast cancer drug may offer a precision treatment for aggressive prostate cancer tumors

A drug used to treat breast and ovarian cancers tied to certain genetic mutations may help combat some of the ...
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Expanded screening recommended for BRCA breast cancer gene. Federal panel stops short of suggesting all women should be tested.

On [August 20], the US Preventive Services Task Force, a panel of federally appointed independent experts that makes recommendations about ...
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Viewpoint: I wish I learned about my breast cancer risk from a genetic counselor instead of 23andMe

I opened the email from 23andMe, saying a report was ready for me to read. That click changed my life ...
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‘Why did I get cancer?’ We can do more to alleviate ‘angst, guilt’ accompanying a diagnosis

More time spent explaining the biology of cancer to patients can help alleviate angst and guilt.  ...
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Inaccuracies in consumer genetic tests for BRCA mutations prompt call for crackdown from UK doctors

Senior doctors have called for a crackdown on consumer genetic tests, following an influx of patients who have been wrongly ...
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Congress considers allowing gene patents to keep pace with Chinese innovations

In 2013, the Supreme Court unanimously struck down patents on two human genes—BRCA1 and BRCA2—associated with breast and ovarian cancers ...
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Viewpoint: Widespread DNA testing for breast cancer risk is ‘an irresponsible idea’

While predictive genetic testing is useful and even crucial for many populations, new medical advances are routinely overhyped in the ...
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Should all women get BRCA genetic testing as part of ‘routine medical care’? Key panel says ‘no’

Primary care providers should screen women for personal, family and/or ethnic history of breast, ovarian, tubal or peritoneal cancer to ...
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Do all breast cancer patients need genetic testing?

The nation’s breast surgeons are advising that all patients diagnosed with breast cancer be offered genetic testing to check for ...
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Family DNA disease connection: How my breast cancer diagnosis saved my father from pancreatic cancer

In April 2012, as I prepared to undergo a double mastectomy, it was [my grandma] Gertrud’s face that flashed before ...
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Most people don’t know if they have cancer-causing BRCA mutation, study says

Most people who carry genes that raise their risk of developing certain forms of cancer are unaware of it, according to ...
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‘Anger into activism’: One woman’s quest to raise awareness of BRCA mutations in Jewish populations

You don’t have to be Jewish to inherit one of the BRCA gene mutations. But these mutations, which increase the risk ...
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‘Blitzkrieg of biology’ reveals secrets of BRCA1 breast cancer mutation

For 22 years Myriad Genetics, one of the oldest genetic testing companies, has refused to make public its proprietary database of BRCA1 ...
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Good and potentially bad about FDA’s greenlighting of 23andMe direct-to-consumer BRCA mutation tests

News that consumers will soon be able to purchase a genetic test for three BRCA mutations may seem like déjà ...
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How the genetics revolution is upending our concept of disease—and how that could improve healthcare

What is a disease? This seemingly abstract and theoretical question is actually among the most practical questions in all of ...
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I was diagnosed with breast cancer. How genetic testing guided what to do next.

Genetics counselor and writer Ricki Lewis explains how a breast cancer diagnosis led her to genetic testing—and why she decided ...
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‘We are all mutants’: Why genetic testing struggles to provide answers

Genetic tests often can help us diagnose disorders and determine risk factors for disease. But uncertainties surrounding genetic mutations makes ...
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Have patients been forgotten in the quest to build private BRCA variant databases?

Databases on life-threatening genetic mutations -- including the BRCA variants linked to breast cancer -- are maintained by corporations for ...
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ACLU to Myriad Genetics: Patients, not companies, own personal genetic data

Myriad Genetics is back in another legal dispute. This time it's in hot water for denying patients a portion of ...
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“Pink & Blue” documentary challenges female only myths about breast cancer and BRCA mutations

BRCA mutations have taken a toll on film producer Alan Blassberg and his loved ones, prompting what promises to be ...