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Guidelines Encourage Screening for BRCA Mutations in Families with Cancer — Physician’s First Watch

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December 24, 2013

Guidelines Encourage Screening for BRCA Mutations in Families with Cancer

By Joe Elia

Asymptomatic women with a family history of cancers related to BRCA mutations should undergo genetic counseling and, if indicated, genetic testing, according to final recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The group recommends against routine BRCA screening or genetic counseling for women without a family history of BRCA-related cancers. BRCA-related cancers include those of the breast, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and peritoneum.

The document updates recommendations issued in 2005 and reaffirms them. The interim period has seen the development of several history-screening tools (we've included the link to one of those recommended by the USPSTF below).

Reader Comments (2)

scot goldberg d.o. Physician, Radiology, womens imaging center

anxious to read guidelines, would be helpful in my practice

Denis Hart MD Physician, Dermatology

While I understand that women are primarily at risk from the consequences of BRCA mutations, recommendations regarding these mutations routinely ignore males who may be at risk from such consequences as well. I think recommendations should be issued that pertain to both females and males.

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