Putting Awareness Back in Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Putting Awareness Back in Breast Cancer Awareness Month

When I was little, we used to collect the lids off of yogurts with pink ribbons on them and mail them…somewhere. That may have been the first time I became aware of breast cancer. This year is my first Breast Cancer Awareness Month having actually had breast cancer. I...

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My Story: National Mammography Day

My Story: National Mammography Day

Hi there! I'm Caitlin, the Marketing and Communications Manager here at My Gene Counsel. One year ago this month, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33. The irony is not lost on me that my job at a healthcare tech startup focused on accurate and timely health...

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Six Women Who Impacted Genetics

Six Women Who Impacted Genetics

Nettie Stevens (1861-1912, American) discovered that a fetus’s sex is determined by chromosomes contributed by the parents during conception. Previously, it was believed that environmental factors during conception determined sex.

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STEM Summer Camps

STEM Summer Camps

School has ended, but that doesn't mean kids' learning should! Summer vacation provides an opportunity for kids to further explore topics of interest, such as those in STEM fields. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Educating future...

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Do I Need Genetic Counseling and Testing for Melanoma?

Do I Need Genetic Counseling and Testing for Melanoma?

The majority of melanomas are a combination of environmental and sporadic factors. However, approximately 10% of all melanomas are inherited. Could the melanoma in my family be hereditary? These factors increase the likelihood that melanoma is hereditary: Some family...

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What’s Autism Got To Do With It?

What’s Autism Got To Do With It?

What does autism have to do with hereditary cancer? In most cases, nothing. But in honor of Autism Awareness Month, we want to highlight the connection between having a mutation (also known as a pathogenic variant) in a gene called PTEN and an increased likelihood of...

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Is Cancer Contagious?

Is Cancer Contagious?

We've come a long way in cancer awareness over the past half century. Most of us now know that cancer is not contagious, right? Correct. But, in fact, you can acquire a common virus, the Human Papilloma Virus, which increases your chance to develop certain cancers....

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