A new study performed by the American Cancer Association reveals a frightening new trend among patients who are susceptible to breast cancer. According to the study’s conclusion, most of the patients don’t know about cancer screening procedures or genetic testing. It also appears that some of the patients declared their physician didn’t inform the about these alternatives.
As the battle against breast cancer wages on, a new study reveals that most of the patients don’t know about life-saving screening procedures. According to this study, which was recently pushed in the American Medical Association journal, only two-thirds out of 25,000 patients predisposed to breast cancer demanded screening procedures.
Moreover, it would seem that even fewer patients know about the benefits of genetic testing, a procedure which has been employed for the past two decades. Regular breast cancer screenings and the in-depth genetic testing can significantly improve the patient’s odds of survival.
Previous research has shown that patients who agree to subject themselves to regular breast cancer screening could opt for having cancer removed via surgery before it metastasizes. As for the genetic testing procedures, the researchers said that this method had been used for the last 20 years to isolate and identify any mutation originating from the BRCA gene.
However, at the time the genetic test entered the market, it was very expensive. Nevertheless, among other things, this new study shows that, over the years, the genetic test became cheaper. Today, every US citizen can undergo such a procedure.
Returning to the study at hand, it would seem that more and more patients declare that they don’t know too many details about the importance of early breast cancer screening procedures, genetic testing included. As a result, despite that one-third of 25,000 potential breast cancer patients demand the said procedures, only one-third of them will actually get tested.
The numbers also reveal that approximately eight out of ten women predisposed to develop breast of ovarian cancer due to their genetic background will request the genetic test, but only 50 percent of them will actually receive it.
What’s even more baffling is that most of the patients were unaware of early cancer screenings and genetic testing, most of them saying that their doctor never made the recommendation. The study also reveals that some of the patients chose to refuse the tests due to their costs.
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