Do I Need Genetic Counseling and Testing for Melanoma?

Do I Need Genetic Counseling and Testing for Melanoma?

The majority of melanomas are likely 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...

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Video: We All Have a Stake in Personalized Medicine

Video: We All Have a Stake in Personalized Medicine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYY9X0_0B9o In the last year or so you have probably heard the terms personalized medicine or precision medicine. Recently, the medical community has shifted the way it conducts research in order to move away from...

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Tips For Having Sex After Oophorectomy, Hysterectomy

A major issue for female cancer previvors and survivors that have undergone an oophorectomy or hysterectomy is sex following surgery. And as you may expect, it’s an issue that patients and clinicians don’t always know how to talk about or address. This...

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For $249, Shouldn’t We All Have the Cancer Gene Panel?

For $249, Shouldn’t We All Have the Cancer Gene Panel?

Color Genomics just announced that for a mere $249 they are offering genetic testing for a panel of genes that will include BRCA1, BRCA2 and 17 other genes associated with cancer risk. Considering that the lead competitor in this space offers their cancer gene panel...

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New Baby Gene Mapping Project Will Begin This Month

New Baby Gene Mapping Project Will Begin This Month

This month, doctors in Boston will being the BabySeq project, a trial program conducting whole genome sequencing on 240 healthy babies as well as 240 babies in intensive care. The team will look for genetic mutations that are strongly associated with...

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What’s Autism Got to Do with It?

What’s Autism Got to Do with It?

Updated 4/1/2019 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...

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