COMMENTARY: Review: Only women with specific family histories should be referred for counseling or evaluation for BRCA breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility

Hall, Michael J.; Neugut, Alfred I.
March 2006
ACP Journal Club;Mar/Apr2006, Vol. 144 Issue 2, p37
Academic Journal
This article reports that the only women with specific family histories should be referred for counseling or evaluation for BRCA breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility. The recently published recommendations, although accompanied by an excellent review of the relevant BRCA literature, fail to offer clear and concise guidelines for the use of genetic counseling and testing for primary prevention of breast and ovarian cancer. The target group for these recommendations is women who have not received a diagnosis of breast or ovarian cancer, but this is not apparent in the summary statements.


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