With New BRCA Testing Options, Patient Groups Advise Women to Speak to Genetics Expert, Share Reports | GenomeWeb

Women with a family history of breast and ovarian cancer who are interested in getting genetically tested to gauge whether they have a heightened risk for the diseases should speak to a genetic counselor before getting tested, patient groups are advising their members.

These groups are also encouraging women to obtain their test reports from their healthcare providers and anonymously submit data on the gene variants they harbor to a public repository to advance researchers' collective knowledge about the links between genetic markers and cancer.

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