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f the thyroid and adrenals as well as abnormalities in calcium control. As a result of initial genetic testing, which involved analysing DNA from seven people, another 40 family members did not require further genetic testing. That resulted in one-time savings of $4,800.

Overall, 54 family members were eliminated from clinical screening, including MRIs, resulting in yearly savings of about $16,900 and additional savings every three years of $31,590. For every at-risk person identified as not carrying the family mutation, the annual savings in clinical surveillance costs amount to at least $508 per person, per year.

The study has positive connotations for families affected by other hereditary cancers such as the breast-ovary cancer syndrome, Dr. Gilchrist said. "The government wants to see anything that is saving us money. This is something that shows we are providing real value to our patients and the health care system."


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Contact: Bev Betkowski
beverly.betkowski@ualberta.ca
780-492-3808
University of Alberta
31-Oct-2004


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