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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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CORRALES MONGE, Susana M.  and  SOLORZANO HERRA, Sandra. The importance of genetic counseling in breast cancer. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2020, vol.37, n.1, pp.93-100. ISSN 2215-5287.

Breast cancer is one of the most frequent types of cancer in the female population and has a close relationship with genetic inheritance. Genetic counseling seeks to inform and guide patients throughout the process of identification and diagnosis of hereditary breast cancer. Therefore, this article intends to demonstrate the relevance of genetic counseling in the approach of patients with hereditary breast cancer.

It has been made a systematic review of the literature for the selection of scientific publications that provide knowledge about breast cancer in relation to genetic inheritance and other documents demonstrating the importance of genetic counseling in patients with hereditary breast cancer was performed.

With this review, valuable information was obtained on the importance of the implementation of genetic counseling, during genetic testing, in patients with hereditary breast cancer.

Keywords : Cancer; breast; genetics; genetic counseling; genetic testing..

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