Health secretary wants NHS to roll out genetic tests to detect diseases

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Matt Hancock claims technology is a ‘game-changer’ but critics raise racial bias and ‘fatalism’ concerns

The health secretary is calling for predictive genetic tests for common cancers and heart disease to be rolled out on the NHS without delay.

Matt Hancock, speaking at the Royal Society on Wednesday, revealed he recently took a commercial genetic test that showed he was at heightened risk of developing prostate cancer, saying he was shocked by the result. Hancock called for a national debate about the ethical issues around testing for diseases, some of which could not readily be treated.

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