Don’t ignore the impact of lifestyle

This follows the widespread media coverage of actress Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a bilateral mastectomy to reduce her risk after testing positive for BRCA1 gene mutation in view of her mother’s history of dying of breast cancer.

I suspect many GPs in Australia have also experienced increased requests for genetic testing by larger numbers of women. The challenge will be how we or the experts will interpret the findings should we order the tests, especially if positive for BRCA1 or 2 gene