10/26/2010 // US // Get Cancer Answers // News Desk

U.S. – A recent study shows that more women should consider paternal family history when obtaining screenings for breast and ovarian cancer. As reported by WebMD Health News, researchers found a higher rate of referral for women with a maternal family history of the cancer while both men and women can carry the genes used to identify an increased risk of the development of breast and ovarian cancers.

Jeanna McCuaig, a researcher at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, is quoted in the report as stating of the issue, “Many remain unaware that these women might have inherited the mutated gene from their father … and might not routinely collect this information from their patients… Deficits in knowledge among healthcare providers and the general population about the inheritance patterns of BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations could result in missed opportunities for genetic testing and cancer prevention in individuals with a paternal family history.”

More information about the study may be available in the online publication of The Lancet Oncology.

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