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Bill to increase genomic testing for breast cancer patients signed


Last updated 10/19/2017 at Noon

SACRAMENTO – Governor Brown has signed AB 1386, authored by Assemblywoman Marie Waldron (R-Escondido), which will help save the lives of women newly diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer.

“Women with newly diagnosed breast or ovarian cancer who are at high risk for having a BRCA genetic mutation often don't get genetic testing, or even a chance to speak with a genetic counselor who would help them weigh the necessity of such a test,” said Waldron, “Genomic testing is vital as it can guide treatment options for these women to give them the best possible odds of survival.”

The bill was a priority measure for the California Legislative Women’s Caucus and enjoyed unanimous bipartisan support.

The law will go into effect Jan. 1, 2018.


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