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FDA approves direct-to-consumer gene mutation test for breast cancer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lisa Berry 703-519-2107 Lisa.Berry@preventcancer.org The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week approved a direct-to-consumer test for three breast cancer gene mutations that are most common in people of Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish descent. While the test may be beneficial to a small subset of the population, the Prevent Cancer Foundation® […]

ICYMI: February 10, 2017

Feature Story Many high-risk patients with breast cancer aren’t getting genetic testing. Here’s why. TUESDAY, February 7, 2017 (The Washington Post) — Doctors often fail to recommend genetic testing for breast-cancer patients, even those who are at high risk for mutations linked to ovarian and other cancers, according to a study published Tuesday. Researchers said […]

Knowledge is Powerful

The Prevent Cancer Foundation has campaigned for cancer screenings for 30 years. These screening tests are integral to early detection, and early detection leads to saving lives. Combined results from randomized screening trials suggest that mammograms reduce the risk of dying from breast cancer by 15% to 20%, while studies of modern mammogram screening programs […]