CBS news reports that many children with a history of breast cancer have increased levels of anxiety due to their risk of disease.
Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, executive director of Digital Health at Seattle Children's Hospital and a pediatrician at The Everett Clinic in Mill Creek, Washington, told CBS News, "I found it an emotional study, as a pediatrician and as a mom. What's fundamentally important about this research is that, as the expansion of genetic testing continues like wildfire, we do need to get an understanding and a handle on the psychosocial effects and emotional health this has on teens girls."
Swanson said the finding that younger girls, ages 6 to 9, from BRCA1/BRCA2 positive families appeared to be better-adjusted -- suggesting that learning early on of a genetic risk might somehow lead to a more resilient outlook -- was a "lovely" footnote.
"When we know more sometimes it can be really empowering," said Swanson.
Read the article, "Are the kids all right? When breast cancer runs in the family."