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The utility of genetics in inherited cancer

Ingrid M Winship and Kathy Tucker
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (10): 644. || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10978
Published online: 18 November 2013

Clinical genetics is a small but important component of patient care

Actress Angelina Jolie’s recent public disclosure of her BRCA1 gene mutation1 has highlighted the role of genetic testing in cancer prevention and management. Her endorsement of the genetic counselling and BRCA1 predictive testing process as helping her to be “empowered” and enabling “informed choices” to pursue preventive surgery has energised many people to actively participate in clinical decision making.

  • Ingrid M Winship1
  • Kathy Tucker2

  • 1 University of Melbourne, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: Ingrid.Winship@mh.org.au

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