Updated Guidance on Screenings: Breast Cancer, Peripheral Artery Disease, Oral Cancer

April 19, 2013 | Physician Practice News

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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has issued a draft recommendation encouraging primary care providers to screen women who have a family history of breast cancer with a screening tool designed specifically to identify whether that family history may be associated with an increased risk for mutations in the breast cancer susceptibility genes BRCA1 or BRCA2. However, USPSTF advises against routine genetic counseling or testing for the majority of women who are not at high risk. Specifically, the task force recommends using the FHS-7 (a seven-question family history screening tool) and the six-question Referral Screening Tool.

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