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Intergenerational communication about inherited breast cancer susceptibility between mothers and their children

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Family communication about high-risk hereditary breast cancer genetic testing (e.g., genetic testing for BRCA1/2 mutations) and maternal disclosure of cancer genetic test results to minor children is a complex decision and raises a number of parenting challenges. Genetic counseling can help mitigate some of these challenges by providing patients with educational resources. The development of family communication decision-support tools can further augment patients’ genetic counseling experience by creating a more shared and informed framework for understanding communication choices and outcomes.

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