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Understanding genetic testing for breast cancer (VIC)(fact sheet)

Genetic testing is offered to families at high risk of breast and/or ovarian cancer. These families have a family history of cancer that may be due to an inherited gene change. This type of genetic testing begins with taking a blood sample from the family member who has had cancer, as they are the most likely person in the family to carry a gene change if it is present.

Year first published or reviewed: 2011

Last updated on: 09-07-2015
By: Cancer Council VIC


Cancer Council VIC

Cancer Council

Primary Audience / Population Groups

Specifically written for:
Target Group(s):
Partners, family and friends of people with cancer, People with Cancer

Focus Of Resource

Cancer Type:
Ovarian Cancer
Area of focus:
Screening and early detection (Other)

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