Sara M. Pirzadeh-Miller, MS; Victoria M. Raymond, MS; Sara Knapke, MS
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Pirzadeh-Miller S., Raymond V., Knapke S.; Genetic and Environmental Risk Assessment and Colorectal Cancer Screening. Ann Intern Med. 2015;162:526. doi: 10.7326/L15-5072
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2015;162(7):526.
TO THE EDITOR:
Weinberg and colleagues' article (1) highlights the complexities of using genetic polymorphisms and their associated cancer risk to encourage lifestyle modifications. The study attempts to consider risks, benefits, and potential barriers to personalized medicine and associated patient and provider uptake. The authors discuss their rationale for using trained nurses in lieu of genetic counselors, stating that the number of genetic counselors seems inadequate to meet health service needs even in high-risk settings, citing a reference from 1990 (2) that does not reflect current data.
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