Cheaper Cancer Tests Carry Risks As Well As Benefits

April 22, 2015 11:54 AM

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Cheaper Cancer Tests Carry Risks As Well As Benefits

A consumer friendly breast cancer test, introduced Tuesday, offers women new ways to assess their risk at a very low cost. But it also raises the possibility of over-diagnosis and unnecessary treatment.

The test, offered by a company named Color Genomics, will cost $249, far less than the usual $1,500 or so. It will screen for BRCA, a gene whose mutations are linked to increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Twenty to 25 percent of breast cancer that runs in families and 5 to 10 percent of all...

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