This article has been updated to include information on a study tracking BRCA testing utilization being conducted by insurer Aetna.

By Turna Ray

The US Preventative Services Task Force is seeking public comments on its systematic evidence review plan to assess under what conditions genetically testing asymptomatic women for their risk of developing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer has a positive impact on their health.

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