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October 1, 2013 12:00 AM

Doc Talk: The facts about breast cancer risk and genetic testing

Breast and ovarian cancer are topics of concern for many women, regardless of their family history. The National Cancer Institute reports that almost 200,000 cases of breast cancer and 25,000 case of ovarian cancer are diagnosed annually in the United States. While the majority of these cancers are not caused by inherited risk factors, about 10 percent are hereditary and linked to a genetic mutation. The month of October – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – is a good time to evaluate your risks and ensure you taking necessary precautions to prevent or detect cancer early.

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