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FORCE advocates for families facing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in areas such as access to care, research funding, insurance, and privacy.

Advocacy > Issues > ALERT:
Buyers Beware. Cancer Genetic Testing Should Be Performed in the Health Care Setting.


Newsflash

3/21/2019
FORCE, with over 300 organizations and institutions, is supporting the Ad Hoc Group’s FY2020 recommendation of at least $41.6 billion in funding for the NIH.

3/19/2019
We signed onto a letter to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz thanking her for her leadership on the PALS Act, preserving mammograms for women ages 40-49.

3/18/2019
FORCE, joined by interested orgs, submitted extensive 
comments
on the USPSTF draft guidelines on BRCA counseling and testing. 

2/19/2019
FORCE and a group of 20 stakeholders met with Medicare to urge continued coverage of genetic testing for all cancer survivors who meet guidelines. 

2/15/2019
The government funding bill President Trump signed into law today contained language directing the FDA to ensure breast density information is included in mammography reports.

1/31/2019
FORCE spearheaded a stakeholder letter to HHS and CMS expressing concern about interpretation of a national policy which places significant limits on hereditary cancer genetic testing under Medicare.

 

ALERT:
Buyers Beware. Cancer Genetic Testing Should Be Performed in the Health Care Setting.

Genetic Testing & Counseling

Overview

There is a flood of information available about genetic tests for cancer risk in the media, and even at community events, such as health fairs and senior centers. If these promotions have caught your attention and you are considering DNA/genetic testing, there is important information that you should know first.

Genetic testing can provide important, life-saving information if done in the right way. If you are considering genetic testing to learn more about your cancer risk, or if you have already received genetic test results, consider speaking with a genetic counselor, doctor or other health care provider who has advanced training in genetics. This is the most reliable way to obtain and understand information about your risk.

Read this Alert to protect yourself from misinformation and potential harm.

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