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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Spina Bifida Risk Reduction Starts Before Pregnancy

Spina Bifida Risk Reduction Starts Before Pregnancy

Spina bifida means "split" or "open" spine in Latin. It is a birth defect in which a fetus's spine does not form correctly during pregnancy. The spinal cord normally 'zips' closed early in pregnancy. If it fails to close anywhere along the spinal cord, the cord and...

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Put Yourself at the Top of Your Gift List This Year

Put Yourself at the Top of Your Gift List This Year

Running around frantically buying gifts for your loved ones this holiday season? Take a moment to decide what you will give yourself. How about better health? You are worth it, and frankly, this is also the most important gift you can give to those who love you. There...

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Gather Your Family Health History This Thanksgiving

Gather Your Family Health History This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is coming up, and there is a good chance that you will have the rare opportunity to visit with extended family for a few hours. Whether you are gathering around the dinner table or Zoom this year, now is a great time to have a conversation with your loved...

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