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Women with a family history of breast cancer to get annual screen

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Young women with a family history of breast cancer should be screened annually for the disease, according to updated guidance published today by NICE and the National Collaborating Centre for Primary Care.

Young women with a family history of breast cancer should be screened annually for the disease, according toupdated guidance published today by NICE and the National Collaborating Centre for Primary Care.

The update recommends yearly MRI screening for women between the ages of 20 and 49 if they have a 'high risk' of breast cancer, including women who have a faulty BRCA-1 of BRAC-2 gene.

The move comes in the wake of three major newstudies that show greater sensitivity of MRI in detecting breast cancer at an early stage in women who are high risk due to their family history.

However al other advice on the management of familial breast cancer remains the same.
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