The Genetics of Pancreatic Cancer

The Genetics of Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is relatively uncommon, with a lifetime risk of ~1.5% for individuals in the United States. For the majority of pancreatic cancers, the cause is unknown and there is no known family history of the disease. In these circumstances, a cancer is...

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Understanding Prostate Cancer

Understanding Prostate Cancer

While the odds are good that you know someone affected by prostate cancer, you may not know all the facts. Learn the hereditary factors, treatment methods, and some possible preventive measures. What is prostate cancer? The prostate gland is found only in men. It is...

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Celebrities Share Their Breast Cancer Stories

Celebrities Share Their Breast Cancer Stories

When celebrities publicly share their cancer diagnoses, it is common for medical professionals to experience dramatic increases in office calls and for Internet searches about the celebrity's cancer to rise. In this blog post, we shine the spotlight on a few...

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To Have or Not To Have Genetic Testing?

To Have or Not To Have Genetic Testing?

We asked previvors on Twitter, "What would you like to say to the person on the fence about whether or not to have genetic testing?" Here's what they had to say. It's not painful. You'll get so much out of it (the answer). You're strong enough to find out and move...

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Sue Friedman, Founder of FORCE, Shares Her Story

Sue Friedman, Founder of FORCE, Shares Her Story

Sue Friedman is the Founder and the Executive Director of FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those with hereditary breast, ovarian, and related cancers. Sue has been a well-known leader in...

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Who Should Consider BRCA Testing?

Who Should Consider BRCA Testing?

BRCA-Related Breast and/or Ovarian Cancer syndrome, previously known as Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) syndrome, is a well-known hereditary cancer syndrome characterized by increased risk for breast, ovarian, prostate, and pancreatic cancers. Melanoma and...

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Too Young To Have Colon Cancer?

Too Young To Have Colon Cancer?

The vast majority of people who are 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, twenties,...

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An Interview with the Author of Mom’s Genes

An Interview with the Author of Mom’s Genes

My Gene Counsel CEO, Ellen Matloff, interviews Shannon Pulaski, author of Mom's Genes: Empowering children to learn about their family's health history. Shannon, you've written a children's book called Mom's Genes that serves as an introduction for young children to...

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Celebrities Share Their Breast Cancer Stories

A Genomic Medicine Perspective on the COVID-19 Response

Over the past few months, we have watched the world struggle to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. As with many things, there are lessons to be learned from genomic medicine. For example, through the genetic lens, we can equate virus transmission to heritability,...

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