Family history of breast cancer

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7493.730-a (Published 24 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:730

Authors' reply

  1. Anneke Lucassen (annekel@soton.ac.uk), consultant in clinical genetics,
  2. Eila Watson, deputy director
  1. Wessex Clinical Genetics Service, The Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton SO16 5YA
  2. Cancer Research UK Primary Care Education Research Group, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7LF

    EDITOR—We thank Evans and Easton for highlighting the inconsistency between our suggested management and that suggested by the NICE guidelines on familial breast cancer.1 The purpose of the pedigree in the article was mainly illustrative and used in the context of how to take a family history, which is why we were careful to say “to make sure… check with guidelines” in the text.

    Evans and Easton acknowledge that when we wrote the article …

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