BRCA1, familial breast-ovarian cancer susceptibility 1

Diagnosis and Testing

Is there newborn testing for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome?

Newborn screening is performed soon after a baby is born. It ensures that all babies are screened for certain serious conditions at birth. Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome is not one of the conditions included on newborn screening. In general, genetic testing for HBOC syndrome is not recommended for people under the age of 18. Furthermore, HBOC syndrome is not included on the Recommended Uniform Screen Panel (RUSP). The RUSP is created by the Health Resources and Services Administration and lists the conditions every baby should be screened for. States use this list to guide what conditions they include on newborn screening.

SOURCE: Emory University - Department of Human Genetics in collaboration with ThinkGenetic • • DATE UPDATED: 2019-07-09


Ross LF, Saal HM, David KL & Anderson RR and the American Academy of Pediatrics: American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. Technical report: ethical and policy issues in genetic testing and screening of children. Genet in Med. 2013; 15:234-245.

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