AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics. September 2015, Volume 17, Number 9

Ethics Poll

Cancer and Cancer Prevention in Women

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

Would you see that your adolescent son and daughter received the HPV vaccine for prevention of infection with the human papilloma virus that causes cervical cancer and genital warts?
Read more about the HPV vaccine and who can be affected with the human papilloma virus in the September 2015 AMA Journal of Ethics.
A woman with breast cancer is tested and discovers that she carries a genetic mutation that increases the risk of breast cancer. She asks that her physician not tell her daughter because she does not want her daughter to know of her illness. Which of the following statements do you agree with?
Read more about a physician’s duties to maintain patient confidentiality and to protect others from harm in the September 2015 AMA Journal of Ethics.
Men as well as women can inherit and pass on the BRCA gene mutations that increase risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
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