Breast cancer gene tests may treble on Welsh NHS

According to a recent report on the BBC website the number of people being offered a breast cancer genetic test on the Welsh NHS could treble within the next few years, a leading expert says.

The Welsh government is investing in improved technology which would make it quicker and cheaper to test more patients who may have the BRCA genes.

This was the test which Angelina Jolie took before having a double mastectomy: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22520720

Genetics consultant Rachel Butler said there had been a surge in women wanting the test since the actress went public.
Around 120 people deemed to be at high risk of having breast or ovarian cancer are currently tested for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes each year in Wales on the NHS.  To read the full article, click here.

Find read real life stories from people affected by an inherited form of breast cancer on the Telling Stories Understanding Real Life Genetics website.

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