Urgent Changes Needed To Patient Confidentiality Laws To Prevent Breast Cancer Deaths

News — By on January 26, 2009 at 3:00 am

Research by Professor Gareth Evans, of the Genesis Appeal – the UK’s only charity dedicated to the prevention of breast cancer – has revealed that many breast cancer cases could be prevented by allowing doctors to directly inform those at high risk. Current confidentiality laws mean that it is the duty of the family member to inform relatives that they could possess the inherited gene mutations, BRCA1 and BRCA2.

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