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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Genetic Counseling Toolkit for Students

Genetic Counseling Toolkit for Students

Interested in becoming a genetic counselor? Not sure where to start? We have you covered! Check out the resources below to learn more about the field and prepare for applications. Considering a Career in Genetic Counseling: What to Know, Read and Listen To Basics 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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A Valentine for You from Cardiovascular Genetic Counselors

A Valentine for You from Cardiovascular Genetic Counselors

Here is what three of the top cardiovascular genetic counselors would like you to know about inherited cardiovascular disease: Brittney Murray, MS, CGCCardiovascular Genetic Counselor at Johns Hopkins University Sudden cardiac death can be the first symptom in...

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Beyond BRCA: Cowden Syndrome (PTEN)

Beyond BRCA: Cowden Syndrome (PTEN)

This is part of a series of articles written to highlight rare hereditary cancer syndromes. In this interview, Heather shares her story of living with Cowden syndrome. Genetic Counseling Note: People who have a mutation (also known as a pathogenic variant) in the PTEN...

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