New testing recommendations for BRCA gene

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — There are new recommendations about which women should undergo testing for BRCA gene mutations.

For the first time, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is saying all women with a history of breast or ovarian cancer should be tested for increased risk of BRCA gene mutations.

Women who have an ancestry associated with BRCA gene mutations should also be assessed.

That risk assessment will then determine whether a woman should get genetic counseling to so if testing is needed.

The recommendations also say women with no family history or ancestry associated with BRCA gene mutations shoulf not undergo testing.

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