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Breast Cancer

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times for women undergoing predictive genetic testing for breast cancer; and if he will make a statement. (80097)

Predictive genetic testing for breast cancer is available to women at the regional Genetics Centre at Belfast City hospital. I have been advised that predictive genetic tests for breast cancer are treated as a high priority and are generally reported within four to six weeks. There is no significant waiting list for this service.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many families in Northern Ireland have been tested for the CDH 1gene; and how many patients have opted for pre-emptive surgery in each board area as a result of the test in each of the last three years. (80103)

The CDH1 (E-Cadherin) mutation is associated with familial diffuse gastric cancer. Approximately 10 to 15 families in Northern Ireland have been tested for the CDH1 mutation. None has tested positive consequently. There has been no pre-emptive surgery performed in Northern Ireland for this disease.