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Get Tested for Breast Cancer With a Simple Saliva Sample

According to The NY Times, a start up company called Color Genomics has developed a test on a saliva sample administered for only $249 that analyzes BRCA1, BRCA2 and 17 other cancer-risk genes. At one tenth the price of most other tests, this opens up the gates for many women to get tested who would not otherwise have been able to; one expert says that up to half the women with dangerous genetic mutations would not qualify for testing under current guidelines. Some critics are worried about the possibility of increasing the amount of so-called “worried-well”, patients who are told they have a mutation that can’t be classified as dangerous or benign, and are left in a state of limbo over whether they have an increased cancer risk.

Read the article published in The NY Times.