ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A new study shows a certain type of genetic counseling may be just as good as in-person.

The study, recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, followed two groups of women who were at increased hereditary risk for breast or ovarian cancer. One group traveled to meet in-person with a genetic counselor and the other group received counseling over the telephone. One year later, the study shows that both groups benefited similarly from the genetic counseling.

Dr. Anita Kinney, Associate Director for Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center, joined KRQE’s This Morning team to talk about the study. Watch above.

The results of the study are important as it shows that telephone counseling may be as effective as in-person counseling, and based on these results, the researchers hope it will make cancer genetic services more widely accessible especially in rural areas.

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