ICARE Social Media Post January 2020

Racial Disparities in Genetic Testing for Women with Ovarian Cancer

Women of non-European ancestry diagnosed with ovarian cancer have lower rates of referral for genetic testing despite current national guidelines stating ALL women with ovarian cancer and/or a close-blood relative with ovarian cancer should be offered genetic counseling and testing.

One study reported that only 1/3 of Black, Latina, and Asian women were referred for genetic counseling following an ovarian cancer diagnosis, compared to two-third of White women. This study highlights the need to develop strategies such that genetic testing is used across all populations, including racial/ethnic minorities.

Check out the article at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0090825817314555.

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