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Family histories of cancer in primary care

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 14 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:955

Referrals might be made on the basis of women's anxiety

  1. M H Shere, clinical assistant (
  1. Breast Care Centre, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol BS16 1ND
  2. Southend Breast Unit, Southend Hospital, Southend SS0 0RY

    EDITOR—I read with interest the paper by Emery et al on using different methods of assessing genetic risk for breast and ovarian cancer and also the previous paper by Emery with a different set of coauthors. 1 2 In both these papers the authors assume that general practitioners have the time and will to take on new responsibilities and skills. Emery et al state that only three of the 36 general practitioners in the study were able to find the paper management guidelines for referral.1 It is hard to imagine that they are first going to find the computer software, remember how to use it, and then remember how to interpret the results during a five minute appointment. They cannot then …

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