Human Genetics

, Volume 138, Issue 3, pp 291–292 | Cite as

Author response to “a response to ‘personalised medicine and population health: breast and ovarian cancer’”

  • Steven A. NarodEmail author
Letter to the Editor


The author engages in further debate between numerous signatories of a letter who disputes that the author has put forward that the anticipated benefits of a personalised program for cancer prevention and screening are unwarranted. In the event that a cancer screening program is an effective means of mortality reduction, then the best strategy is universality. The benefit of a novel intervention should be evaluated prior to its introduction.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Women’s College Research InstituteWomen’s College HospitalTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Dalla Lana School of Public HealthUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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