Oncology Nursing Society Position

Cancer Predisposition Genetic Testing and Risk Assessment Counseling

genetic analysis, genetic assessment, risk assessment

The ability to identify invididuals who are at risk for developing cancer because of an inherited altered (mutated) cancer predisposition gene is possible throuigh cancer predisposition genetic testing. However, while providing the capability to target those individuals who might benefit from intensive screening and preventive services, cancer predisposition genetic testing also raises ethical, legal, and social issues associated with revealing one's genetic makeup.

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