"Angelina" Effect Causes More to Consider Genetic Testing
Angelina Jolie's disclosures have raised awareness of hereditary breast cancer, prompting more women to undergo genetic testing for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations.
However, in the latest cancer news, some major insurance companies are refusing to cover the costs of this testing. These companies, which include Aetna and Cigna, won't cover these costs out of concern that the tests are unproven and might end up causing patients to seek unnecessary medical care, such as preventive chemotherapy.
Genetic Mutation Linked to Prostate Cancer May Lead to New Treatments
Researchers took samples from 5,100 prostate cancer patients who were 55 years old or younger (94 families represented) and 1,400 healthy men. After sequencing more than 200 genes, they found the following:
• 72 men in four families carried the same HOXB13 gene mutation.
• Only one man in the control group had the mutation.
Find out more about these interesting findings.
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