A new study reveals most women who are tested for the BRCA breast cancer gene, don’t get genetic counseling.
Researchers assessed more than three-thousand insured women whose doctors ordered BRCA testing.
Although current guidelines advise genetic counseling, only one-third of the women said they received this service.
And the most common reason, was a lack of doctor recommendation.
Those who did undergo counseling had greater knowledge and understanding of the gene and felt more satisfied with the process.
This study was led by researchers at University of South Florida and published in “JAMA Oncology.”