US black women are less likely to have genetic tests for breast cancer

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 14 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:865
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Black women who have close relatives with breast or ovarian cancer are nearly five times less likely to be offered genetic testing for these cancers than white women, a US study reported this week.

    The case-control study looked at 408 women receiving primary healthcare services from the University of Pennsylvania Health System who had a first degree or second degree relative with breast or ovarian cancer (JAMA 2005;293: 1729-36). The women were followed up from December 1999 to …

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