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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Nine Myths About Men and Hereditary Cancer

Nine Myths About Men and Hereditary Cancer

Last Updated June 15, 2022 True or false? Men don’t need genetic testing since only women can have a hereditary risk to develop cancer. Answer: FALSE. The notion that men cannot have hereditary cancer mutations that put them at increased risk to develop cancer is just...

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Hereditary Kidney Cancer Part 1

Hereditary Kidney Cancer Part 1

Last Update: March 5, 2019 This article will focus on kidney cancers and the possibility that kidney cancers may be due an inherited risk. It is estimated that ~3-5% of kidney cancers are hereditary. Photo Credit: WebMD Usually, a person is born with two kidneys. ...

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Hereditary Kidney Cancer Part 2

Hereditary Kidney Cancer Part 2

Photo Credit:  Urology Care Foundation Updated: March 5, 2019 In Part 1 of this series on hereditary kidney cancer, we introduced red flags that increase the likelihood of a hereditary predisposition to kidney cancer.  In this post, we review six hereditary cancer...

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A Family’s Journey from Asthma to Depression to Advocacy

A Family’s Journey from Asthma to Depression to Advocacy

Laura Marotta was just trying to treat her son's asthma. Instead, the asthma medication led to extreme adverse side effects, including depression, anxiety, and hallucinations. My Gene Counsel's President and CEO, Ellen Matloff, had the opportunity to talk to Laura and...

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Too Young to Have Colon Cancer?

Too Young to Have Colon Cancer?

The vast majority of people diagnosed with colon cancer are over the age of 50. In fact, the average age of colon cancer diagnoses in the United States is 68 for men and 72 for women. However, colon cancer can and does occur in people in their teens, 20s, 30s, and...

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Who Should Consider BRCA Testing?

Who Should Consider BRCA Testing?

Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) syndrome is an inherited genetic condition characterized by increased risk for breast, ovarian, prostate, and pancreatic cancers. Melanoma and other cancers may also be associated. Genetic counseling and testing can help...

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