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USPSTF Draft Statement recommends against genetic testing for all women

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The USPSTF has published draft recommendations on “BRCA-Related Cancer: Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing” on its website. It recommends against routine screening, genetic counseling, or genetic testing for women whose family or personal history or ethnicity or ancestry is not associated with an increased risk for potentially harmful mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.

The USPSTF recommends that primary care providers screen women who have family members with breast, ovarian, tubal, or peritoneal cancer or have an ethnicity or ancestry associated with BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations with one of several screening tools designed to identify a family history that may be associated with an increased risk for potentially harmful mutations in breast cancer susceptibility genes (BRCA1 or BRCA2). Women with positive screening results should receive genetic counseling and, if indicated after counseling, genetic testing.

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