An article in theWashington Post (2/7, McGinley, 11.43M) reports that research published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests physicians don't always recommend genetic testing for breast-cancer patients, even those who may harbor a high risk mutation linked to ovarian and other cancers. The research “also found that many women who would benefit from genetic counseling do not receive it.”
Patients with serious health issues must learn enough about healthcare options to be able to advocate for use of such tools in their own healthcare decisions. Do you know where to find this information if you had been diagnosed with breast cancer? Visit some of the resources at the National Cancer Institute found on this website listed under Connect to learn more about genetic testing for breast cancer.