Rate of genetic testing in cancer patients
It should be noted that not all women suffering from breast or ovarian cancer could identify the disease with genetic testing. These tests can’t actually predict whether a woman will get cancer, they can only identify whether or not a woman has one of the mutations that typically lead to cancer. That said, about 15% of the cases of breast and ovarian cancer are from a BRCA mutation and these are the cases that could be identified.
In a study that was recently published by a team from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the authors found that only 15.3% of women who fit the criteria for genetic testing due to a history of breast or ovarian cancer actually have the test completed. Christopher Childers, the study’s primary author, explained that the team used date from the 2005, 2010, and 2015 National Health Interview Surveys conducted by the CDC.