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

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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 for more than $4000, you can see why this announcement…

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Has the BRCA Monopoly Been Reborn?

A controversy has been brewing under the surface for several months in the genetic testing world. Namely, will BRCA carriers with ovarian cancer be forced to undergo BRCA testing a second time – at >$4000 a pop – in order to qualify for a new drug called Olaparib. Why? The FDA has approved PARP-inhibitor Olaparib for…

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Surprising Factors that Place You at Higher Risk for HPV

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is a common sexually-transmitted virus that increases the risk of genital warts and several cancers, including those of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, tonsils, mouth, throat, tongue, head and neck. HPV can be spread by skin-to-skin contact that occurs with oral, vaginal or anal sex, or by shared use…

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Update: ACOG Releases New Opinion on use of Salpingectomy for Ovarian Cancer

Update: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently published a committee opinion for women of population risk to develop ovarian cancer. ACOG recommends that average-risk women who are having gynecological surgery (such as removal of their uterus (hysterectomy) or having their tubes tied (tubal ligation) be counseled about the option of having their fallopian tubes removed (salpingectomy) at…

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