Demand up for ovarian cancer gene testing

Rates of referral to familial cancer centres have soared following the death of actor Pierce Brosnan’s daughter from ovarian cancer and coverage of Angelina Jolie’s double mastectomy.

The increased demand has prompted calls for a coordinated national strategy on genetic testing.

The new guidelines, formulated by a network of familial cancer centres and led by the Peter MacCallum Familial Cancer Centre, seek to remove the need for GPs to assess family history