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Question from Racine: How reliable is genetic testing? Where should it be done? How do I find a good genetic counselor?
Answers - Carol Cherry, M.S.N., R.N., A.P.R.N., B.C. We've provided a reference to finding genetic counselors earlier in the chat, as well as labs for commercial testing and/or research.
Terri McHugh The likelihood of having a false positive or false negative test is very low.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference Breast Cancer Risk and Your Family featured Terri McHugh, D.O., and Carol Cherry, M.S.N., R.N., A.P.R.N., B.C. answering your questions about genetics and breast cancer, and how your family could be affected.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in March 2008.

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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