Should All Women Be Tested For The Breast Cancer Gene?

The geneticist who discovered the first breast cancer gene recommends all women now be tested for mutations. How do you decide what’s right for you?

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A history indicating a cluster of cancer on either mom or dad’s side of the family remains a key indicator for women or men to undergo genetic testing.  The researcher who founded the BRCA or breast cancer genes recently encouraged all women over the age of 30 be screened to know their risks, but genetic counselors say that could lead to more harm than good.  Dr. Jennifer Klemp, director of the Breast cancer Survivorship program at The University of Kansas Cancer Center says not all genetic tests or labs are created equal and every test deserves expert interpretation.  Dr. Klemp offers four guidelines for men and women to consider before being tested.