BRCA1 screening in a woman with breast cancer: a patient's perspective with commentary

Womens Health Issues. 2001 Mar-Apr;11(2):63-72. doi: 10.1016/s1049-3867(00)00092-x.


Genetic screening for breast cancer and other diseases poses major personal and psychological challenges for persons facing the prospect of testing. The personal report of those dilemmas by a woman considering BRCA1 screening who had had a lumpectomy for breast cancer and whose mother had died from that disease is presented here. Commentaries by a bioethicist and a genetics counselor show further complexities in the testing experience which persons considering testing and those providing them will need to confront.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Bioethics
  • Breast Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Breast Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Genes, BRCA1
  • Genetic Testing / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged