Ovarian Cancer

Health written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Helen Jones Helen Jones Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that women diagnosed with ovarian cancer should be tested for the BRCA 1/2 gene on diagnosis.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

This is a matter for NHS England, which advises that the issue of testing for the BRCA1/2 gene in women diagnosed with ovarian cancer has recently been put to its specialised gynaecology Clinical Reference Group (CRG). The national clinical director for cancer has asked the specialised gynaecology CRG to scope out what the issues are in order to inform NHS England.

Current National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines recommend offering genetic testing to people with a 10% likelihood of carrying a BRCA1/2 mutation.

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