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December 2015

Genetic Testing for BRCA Mutations Today and Tomorrow—About the ABOUT Study

Author Affiliations
  • 1Womens College Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
JAMA Oncol. 2015;1(9):1225-1226. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2015.3269

In the United States, it is widely recommended that women who get genetic testing for BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations see a genetic counselor before being tested. Despite this recommendation, only 38% of women who were offered genetic testing in 2012 through 1 large commercial health insurance group saw a geneticist or genetic counselor before being offered or refused genetic testing.1 Armstrong and colleagues report that women who saw a genetics health professional before testing benefited from the interaction in terms of knowledge, understanding, and satisfaction, and therefore, based on this evidence, conclude that seeing a genetics specialist is a good idea.

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