Monthly Archives: September 2019

New Federal Guidelines for BRCA Testing: Should You Be Screened?

More women than ever are being encouraged to undergo screening for BRCA gene mutations, based on newly announced U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations. The task force’s major recommendations are:

• All women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent should undergo testing to see if they have the genetic mutation.
• Women who have been diagnosed with breast, ovarian or tubal cancer in the past and who have completed treatment also should be tested, even if their physicians say they are currently cancer free.

The previous task force recommendations, issued in 2013, called for screening only women who have a family history of breast, ovarian, tubal or peritoneal cancer.

https://www.newswise.com/articles/new-federal-guidelines-for-brca-testing-should-you-be-screened

Scientists call for population-wide BRCA testing for higher risk group

Following a Queen Mary University of London study, researchers are calling for population wide BRCA testing in the Jewish community after finding it to be more effective than current approaches, cost effective and had a high satisfaction rate with those undergoing testing.

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-09-scientists-population-wide-brca-higher-group.html