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Question from Eadie: Because of my family history (breast and prostate cancer on both sides), I would like to have genetic testing. But I am very concerned about the information being given to my employer or otherwise getting out. Do I need to be worried about keeping this confidential?
Answers - Lynn Hartmann You raise a very valid point, but there have been very few instances of discrimination in employment or insurance because of genetic testing information.

This Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Risk Reduction featured Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Lynn Hartmann answering your questions about breast cancer risk factors and ways to lower your risk.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2006.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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