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Veritas’ myBRCA breast and ovarian cancer genetic screening test receives CE mark approval

US-based Veritas Genetics has obtained CE mark approval for its hereditary breast and ovarian cancer genetic screening test, myBRCA.

Using proprietary gene-targeting technology, myBRCA sequences BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. It was introduced in North America in May this year.

Veritas Genetics CEO Mirza Cifric said: "Working closely with European oncology researchers, we validated myBRCA across ethnicities, making this a very comprehensive test especially for European population.

"With the CE mark approval, we can now offer myBRCA across Europe, starting with a select group of 15 countries."

Performed in a clinical lab, the saliva-based test is said to identify mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2. It uses a database representing over half a million patients and 8,000 known mutations.

According to the firm, breast and ovarian cancer risk is high in individuals with a known family history of these cancers and around 50% of women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations have no substantial family history of breast and ovarian cancer.

Veritas Genetics founder and chief scientific officer Preston Estep III said: "We are dedicated to making genetic information accessible globally so everyone can make informed decisions about disease prevention and early detection."