Don't Count on 23andMe to Detect Most Breast Cancer Risks, Study Warns

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Genetic testing kits, like 23andMe and AncestryDNA give users background data of their ancestors. Kits are also available to help test food intolerances, all from the convenience of your home. 23andMe has the option to opt into the BRCA gene mutation test. People with this gene mutation have a high risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The New York Times interviewed a woman who opted into this specific test and came back negative. Years later, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

A study of 100,000 people released earlier this month suggested that this experience could be widespread. The 23andMe testing formula is built around three genetic variations; the new study shows that most people carry other mutations of the gene.

Read the full story from The New York Times.

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