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Doctors demand crackdown on DIY genetic tests after patients wrongly told they had high cancer risk


Added 07-21-19 09:36:02pm EST - “Consumer genetics firms, which offer a limited analysis of cheek swabs and saliva sent in the post, have incorrectly told British women that they have faulty BRCA genes.” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Doctors demand crackdown on DIY genetic tests”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Doctors have called for a crackdown on do-it-yourself genetic tests after a string of patients were wrongly told they had a high risk of cancer.

Consumer genetics firms, which offer a limited analysis of cheek swabs and saliva sent in the post, have incorrectly told women that they have faulty BRCA genes, which indicate a high risk of breast and ovarian cancers. 

Consumer genetics firms, which offer a limited analysis of cheek swabs and saliva sent in the post, have incorrectly told women that they have faulty BRCA genes, which indicate a high risk of breast and ovarian cancers (stock)

Professor Anneke Lucassen (pictured), from the British Society for Genetic Medicine, told The Guardian she had heard of at least ten cases of flawed results

Professor Anneke Lucassen, from the British Society for Genetic Medicine, told The Guardian she had heard of at least ten cases of flawed results.

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