Hereditary breast cancer: role of the general practitioners

Anne De Leener Published in the journal : May 2017 Category : Congrès UCL de Médecine Générale

Summary :

Breast cancer occurs in 12% of the female population. If in most of the case this affection is sporadic, heredity plays a role in 10-15% of the cases. In certain personal of familial situations, a genetic analysis can be proposed to the patients after genetic counselling. When a germline mutation is found in a family, a predictive genetic testing can be proposed to “at risk” relatives to take preventive measures. General practitioners, caretaker of the familial history, plays an important role in the follow-up and support, as in the information’s transmission in the family.

Key Words

Breast, cancer, heredity, syndrome, HBOC