Breast cancer mammograms. Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP.
Breast cancer mammograms. Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP.

More doing genetic testing for cancer risk

More and more women are having genetic testing done to determine their risk of being affected by hereditary breast cancer, according to a telephone survey conducted by Swedish Television.

The genetic cancer clinic at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg reported that they have seen a doubling of outpatient visits for genetic cancer tests in the past three years, most of them for breast cancer.

At the clinical genetic ward at Linköping University Hospital they did around 40 tests in 2003, but now that has increased to around 600 tests per year.


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