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Parents Getting Breast Cancer Gene Test for Kids

The Washington Post is reporting that record numbers of women are getting tested for a gene (BRCA) that is responsible for breast cancer.  They report that approximately 100,000 tests for breast cancer gene mutations were done last year.  That is more than twice the number of tests performed in 2005. 

The question is arising in families about whether and when to have the kids tested for the breast cancer gene.  If mother is found to have it, when should her daughter be tested for it.  Some believe that this type of discussion in the family has lead to kids not smoking or stopping smoking.
Others question whether is it ethical to test minors for this.  

Women with the breast cancer gene have a much greater risk of developing breast cancer. 

For free information about breast cancer, contact the breast cancer malpractice lawyers in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.