Kelly A. Metcalfe, May-Lynn Quan, Andrea Eisen, Tulin Cil, Ping Sun and Steven A. Narod The impact of having a sister diagnosed with breast cancer on cancer-related distress and breast cancer risk perception Cancer 119
Version of Record online: 7 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/cncr.27924
The current study reports that levels of cancer-related distress in the sisters of women who are newly diagnosed with breast cancer (with no other family history of the disease) are high and are similar to those observed in women who have just learned of an inherited BRCA (breast cancer gene) mutation, and yet their personal risk of breast cancer is significantly lower. This finding has clinical implications, and future interventions may be necessary for this group of women.
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