Parents consider genetic testing for cancer risk in children

09/21/2008 | Washington Post, The

The number of people who get screened for breast cancer gene mutations rose to about 100,000 last year, and some parents are considering genetic testing for their children to determine their cancer risk. Health experts, however, caution against such testing before age 25 because knowing the susceptibility to breast or ovarian cancer would only cause unnecessary worry since little can be done to prevent or identify the diseases before that age.

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