New guidelines issued by the American Society of Breast Surgeons call for genetic testing to be available for all breast cancer patients
Washington, D.C. – In response to the American Society of Breast Surgeons’ (ASBrS) recently released guidelines on genetic testing for hereditary breast cancer, ACLA President Julie Khani issued the following statement:
“Our ability to pinpoint the start of breast cancer at its earliest stages – or before it even develops – represents a major inflection point in the treatment and care for countless patients and their family members. Through groundbreaking diagnostic lab tests and following recommended guidelines for screening and monitoring, we can make significant progress in preventing and treating breast cancer before it’s able to progress.”
Today, because of innovations in testing and technology, 62% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed before the cancer spreads outside the breast, according to recent data. In cases where cancer is identified at this early stage (where there is no sign that the cancer has spread outside of the breast), the 5-year rate of survival is 99%.
As the new testing guidelines note, patients already diagnosed with breast cancer can also glean important results from genetic tests, including determining the best course of treatment.
Specifically, the new American Society of Breast Surgeons guidelines on genetic testing outline five key recommendations:
To view the new American Society of Breast Surgeons guidelines on genetic testing for hereditary breast cancer, click here.
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