Breast cancer genes can be inherited from a father, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Half of genetic breast cancers are actually inherited in this manner, but unless the father has female relatives with cancer, the gene may have been passed down silently, without causing cancer. Though men may develop breast cancer, it is rare.
According to one co-author of the study, 8,000 women a year in the U.S. aren’t offered genetic screening for breast cancer due to insurance company guidelines based on inaccurate understandings of breast cancer risk. Appropriate genetic testing can cost more than $3,000.
Previously, we have covered the following breast cancer topics on the DC Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog:
- Updated breast cancer detection guidelines
- Breast cancer myths debunked
- Breast Cancer Awareness Month
- Lifesaving health tests for women
- Screening, prevention and early detection resources
- The importance of early detection
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