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What are the benefits of genetic testing for the BRCA breast cancer genes?

Shelly Weiss
Clinical Genetics
Benefits of genetic testing for the BRCA genes include clarifying personal and familial cancer risks and screening and management options. This may allow individuals to future cancer early (when it is most treatable) or prevent a cancer altogether). Individuals may also benefit by learning that there was a cause for their personal or family history of cancer. Some individuals gain a sense of control and empowerment regarding their health.

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