Should Every Woman Undergo Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer?

Women who inherit certain mutations in the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 are at high risk for developing breast or ovarian cancer at a young age. So why don’t all women undergo genetic testing to see if they are carriers? Wendy Kohlmann, a genetic counselor at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, explains why the suggestion, published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association, is controversial. “Lots of logistical issues would need to be addressed before we can test an entire population,” she said.

In an interview with The Scope Radio, Kohlmann explains the impetus for the recommendation, and discusses her viewpoint.

Listen to the interview on The Scope Radio.

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