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Patient family history reports 'not accurate tool'

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Patient reports of family cancer history are not a highly accurate tool for making referral recommendations, according to a study online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Researchers assessed information provided by 1,019 people on four cancer types in 2,605 of their relatives.

The accuracy of reported diagnoses was 61% for breast cancer, 27% for colorectal cancer, 32% for prostate cancer, and 60% or lung cancer.

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