The Case Against Genetic Privacy

The Case Against Genetic Privacy

The debate about who should have access to genetic test results has been argued for decades. There are many factors to consider, including: individual rights, the rights of family members, medical liability, insurance issues, and the betterment of scientific research....

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The Pros and Cons of Salpingectomy for BRCA Carriers

The Pros and Cons of Salpingectomy for BRCA Carriers

It is well-known that women who carry a mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2 are at high risk to develop breast cancer (50-85% lifetime risk) and ovarian cancer (15-60% lifetime risk). Because the screening options for ovarian cancer (transvaginal ultrasound, the blood test...

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The Pros and Cons of Salpingectomy for BRCA Carriers

Should Life Insurers Have Access To Genetic Test Results

This week JAMA published a viewpoint on whether life insurers should have access to genetic test results and, understandably, it unearthed some long-standing fears about genetic discrimination. We do have protection from some forms of such discrimination under the...

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Did You Eat and Stress Yourself Into Getting Cancer?

Did You Eat and Stress Yourself Into Getting Cancer?

Earlier this month, singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge appeared on the Dr. Oz show to discuss her 10-year breast cancer survivorship, her BRCA+ status, and her views on cancer development. Etheridge reiterated her views on prophylactic surgery for BRCA carriers,...

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