Ovarian Cancer

Health written question – answered on 9th July 2014.

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Photo of Naomi Long Naomi Long Alliance, Belfast East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department has put in place to ensure that people with ovarian cancer and their families are aware of the right to request BRCA1/2 testing at the point of diagnosis; and what steps his Department is taking to encourage greater uptake of BRCA1/2 gene testing.

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

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.

NHS England is seeking the advice of its specialised gynaecology Clinical Reference Group in order to inform its policy on this matter.

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