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Breast Cancer Detected 'In The Family'

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Breast Cancer Detected 'In The Family'

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Tests for cancer are intimidating enough on their own — and now genetic tests can reveal a patient's predisposition for certain cancers before there are any symptoms.

Filmmaker Joanna Rudnick, upon learning she had such a genetic mutation, made a TV documentary for the PBS series P.O.V. about the agonizing choices such tests involve.

Guests:

Joanna Rudnick, director and producer of In the Family, a PBS documentary about a woman's positive test for the BRCA gene, linked to breast and ovarian cancer.

Dr. Lee Schulman, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, chief of the Division of Reproductive Genetics at Northwestern University.