GPs refer too many women for genetic tests

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 12 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:67
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    Many GPs are unnecessarily referring women for genetic tests for breast and ovarian cancer, a report from the Cancer Research Campaign and Imperial Cancer Research Fund has said.

    The two charities—which will merge in February—have said that many GPs lack confidence in counselling patients about inherited cancer risks. As a result, they tend to refer women who have a family history of breast …

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