Breast cancer gene test for over-30s

Gene test for breast cancer could be offered to women in 30s

Women in their 30s could soon be offered a gene test to determine their chances of getting breast cancer.

If a woman is at high risk, they could receive regular X-rays or MRI scans which can identify the disease in its early stages.

A new report has revealed that the technology is in place to administer the test, but health chiefs must now decide if regular testing is cost-effective.

Dr Paul Pharoah from Cambridge’s Department of Oncology and Public Health said: ‘This approach would also identify a 55-year-old woman with a low chance of breast cancer who possible wouldn’t need such regular checks.’

Currently only women with a very strong family history of breast cancer are given the test on the NHS.

Dr Lesley Walker, of Cancer Research UK, said: ‘This study marks the potential for a tailormade approach to screening for breast cancer which could radically change who we target and how we detect early signs of the disease.’

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