Gippsland women will soon be able to discover their potential risk of breast cancer with genetic tests available on the Medicare Benefits Schedule.
This will mean that people diagnosed with the disease, and their families, will be able to access free testing at Latrobe Regional Hospital.
Dr Melody Caramins from the Royal College of Pathologists told Hit FM News this morning that it makes screening and treatment more affordable. "About 5 years ago, if you just tested for 2 of the genes, it cost about $2,000. Patients who need breast cancer testing now can have 7 genes done and this can be done at no cost."
About 17-18 thousand Australians are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.