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Breast surgeons say all breast cancer patients should be offered genetic testing
Washington Post

The nation’s breast surgeons are advising that all patients diagnosed with breast cancer be offered genetic testing to check for inherited mutations, fueling an intense debate about how such tests should be used to prevent and treat disease.

The American Society of Breast Surgeons, which sent its recommendations Thursday to its 3,400 members, said it developed the recommendation because current guidelines are too restrictive. “Too many patients develop cancers that might have been prevented or found earlier if genetic testing had been performed,” said Walton Taylor, a Texas breast surgeon who is president of the group.