ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A new study led by University of New Mexico cancer researchers hopes to help women living in rural parts of the state concerned about hereditary cancer.

The study shows that getting genetic cancer counseling over the phone can be just as effective as getting the same counseling in person. That’s good news for women living in rural areas who want to learn more about their risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Traveling to meet with a counselor is often time-consuming and expensive.

Researchers hope this will make cancer services more widely accessible around New Mexico.