FDA Approves Home Test for Breast Cancer Gene

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at 9:30 AM
A women receives a mammogram. (Photo: Getty Images)

The FDA has approved a screening test for the breast cancer gene that women will soon be able to order without consulting a doctor. But some geneticists fear the new test will give people a false sense of security. We'll discuss screening methodology and a University of California study that compares the accuracy of genetic tests to mammograms for predicting breast cancer risk.

Guests:
Dr. Laura Esserman, professor of surgery and radiology and director, Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center at UCSF; principal investigator of the Wisdom Study
Carrie Feibel, health editor, KQED

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