A recent study in JAMA Oncology found that U.S. women were more likely to get tested for inherited gene mutations associated with cancer risk, despite the fact that women and men who carry inherited BRCA gene mutations associated with increased cancer risk have an equal chance of passing them on to their children. Women received genetic testing for hereditary cancer risk three times more often than men, according to the study.
When it came to genetic testing for mutations associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome, such as BRCA1 and BRCA2, the gender gap was even greater: women were 10 times more likely to get tested than men. Read more . . .