Study: Few Men Undergo Genetic Testing Despite High Risk of Breast Cancer

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Cancer is one of the leading causes of death among Americans. At least 10 percent of cancers are caused by inherited mutations in genes such as BRCA1 and BRCA2. Parents with the cancer gene mutation have a 50 percent chance of passing it on to a son or daughter. It’s well-known that women with BRCA are at a very high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Less known is the fact that men with these mutations also are at risk of breast cancer and other cancers.

A study published in April in JAMA Oncology finds that few men are screened for these genetic mutations -; and the researchers strongly suggest that they be screened. Read more . . .


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