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    Gilbar, Roy 2010. Genetic testing of children for familial cancers: a comparative legal perspective on consent, communication of information and confidentiality. Familial Cancer, Vol. 9, Issue. 1, p. 75.

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  • Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Volume 14, Issue 1
  • January 2005, pp. 47-56

Genetic Testing of Children for Late Onset Disease

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  • Published online: 01 January 2005

Over the past decade, genetic tests have become available for a wide variety of disorders. As a result we are able to predict, with some degree of certainty, whether or not an individual will develop such diseases as breast cancer, Huntington's disease, polycystic kidney disease, and familial adenomatous polyposis. The ability to predict disease poses several unique ethical considerations for clinical decisionmaking regarding the provision of genetic testing. Patients must be able to comprehend the complexities of genetic testing and the potential meaning of the results. Patients must consider the emotional, social, and economic consequences of revelations regarding their risk status. Also, obtaining information on risk status may have implications for persons other than the individual seeking genetic testing.

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Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
  • ISSN: 0963-1801
  • EISSN: 1469-2147
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