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Most mothers share cancer risk with kids, study finds

Many mothers who undergo genetic testing to understand their cancer risk share the results with their children, according to a new study.

The study included 221 mothers who underwent a genetic test looking for mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which markedly raise the risk for breast and ovarian cancer. The study from Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center included women tested at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

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