A family physician (FP) noted this brown spot on the ear of a 72-year-old patient during a physical exam. When the FP asked if the patient was aware of it, the patient responded that he’d noticed it 2 months earlier, but didn’t make much of it. He admitted to a previous case of basal cell carcinoma on his shoulder 2 years prior. He denied any history of melanoma.
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A 73-year-old woman presents with mild dyspnea and dizziness. She has a history of deep venous thrombosis and hypertension and is taking maintenance doses of warfarin and lisinopril.
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In this month’s audiocast. Dr. Campos-Outcalt addresses 5 questions that patients may ask about 23andMe, the recently approved direct-to-consumer test for 3 BRCA1/BRCA2 breast cancer gene mutations. (The test analyzes DNA from self-collected saliva samples and reports on whether a woman is at increased risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer.) Dr. Campos-Outcalt provides suggestions in the event that patients ask questions like: Should I be tested? What if the results are negative? And, what if the results are positive?