Department of Health written question – answered on 17th March 2015.

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Photo of William McCrea William McCrea DUP, South Antrim

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of potential links between breast and prostate cancer; and whether he has discussed this matter with the devolved administrations.

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

Although no formal assessment has been made, we acknowledge that there is evidence about the BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer genes also giving a higher risk of prostate cancer. As health is a devolved matter, Ministers do not regularly hold discussions on these matters with their counterparts in the Devolved Administrations. However, research and evidence of best practice is made widely available throughout the United Kingdom.

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