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Gene Tests Going Up

Published måndag 27 juli 2009 kl 12.31
Some think that breast cancer memorials like this one in Switzerland could decrease if more people get gene tested early.

More Swedes are ordering gene tests to discover underlying diseases than ever before, Swedish Radio News reports.

The amount of tests per year has increased by thousands in hospitals around the country.

One such person to check her genes was Linda Modin of Eskilstuna, whose mother and aunt both died of breast cancer while in their forties. When the test showed an 80% chance of her also contracting the disease, she immediately underwent a double mastectomy.

"I hoped of course that I didn't have the gene, but I felt that I had to know anyway ... so I could do something about it," she said.

Proponents of gene testing say that it saves society money in the long run because it saves some people from becoming sick in the future. But many people question hospitals' decision to offer the test, as many of the diseases they uncover lack a cure.

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