Breast Cancer Patients Fear Genetic Risk

Breast Cancer Patients Fear Genetic Risk
shutterstock_158445182Women who suffer from breast cancer also worry they may carry a genetic preposition to develop other types of cancer or may pass their genetic heritage to their children, according to a study conducted at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. The research revealed that 35% of breast cancer patients want to undergo a genetic test, despite the fact that 43% of them have not discussed it with a health care provider. The study "Concerns About Cancer Risk and Experiences With Genetic Testing in a Diverse Population of Patients With Breast Cancer,” which was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, explored the genetic risk associated with cancer and the related fear faced by women. “Our findings suggest a marked unmet need for discussion about genetic risk,” said the study author Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil. “With recent judicial opinions, direct-to-consumer marketing, and celebrity reports, the public has become much more aware that genet
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