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Practice Considerations in Providing Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetic Testing in Women's Health


  • The authors report no conflict of interest or relevant financial relationships.


Suzanne M. Mahon, RN, DNSc, AOCN®, APNG, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, Saint Louis University, 3rd Floor West Pavilion, 3655 Vista, St. Louis, MO 63110.


Providers of women's health services are often confronted with questions about cancer genetic testing. The provision of these services is complex. The process begins with accurate risk assessment and identification of individuals who might benefit from genetic testing services. There are practice, administrative, legal, and ethical considerations that should be considered when developing policies for the referral of at-risk individuals or before deciding to provide genetic services.