Cancer charities provide GP guidelines on breast cancer genetics

11 May 2005

The Cancer Research Campaign and the Imperial Cancer Research fund (soon to merge) are to provide an information pack for GPs to help them make more appropriate referral decisions about women concerned about their genetic risk of breast cancer (see report in BBC News On-line). Research over the last few years has consistently shown that GPs lack the skills necessary to classify women's risk on the basis of their family history, and that as a consequence they inappropriately refer many low-risk women to Regional Genetics Centres.