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Podcast: Prophylactic Surgery Decisions Before BRCA Testing

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Podcast: Prophylactic Surgery Decisions Before BRCA Testing

In the podcast we hear from Ellen, whose strong family history of breast and ovarian cancer led her to make the hard, controversial decision to undergo multiple prophylactic surgeries years before genetic testing would become available. After losing her own mother at a young age from breast cancer, Ellen wanted to make sure she did…

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Who Should Be Concerned About Hereditary Cancer?

Most cancer is not hereditary. Approximately 80% of cancer is not inherited and is instead caused by a combination of factors, including aging, obesity, and environmental factors. So who should be concerned about hereditary cancer? If one or more of the following red flags are found in your family, you should consider seeing a certified…

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Discussion: Who Really Has Access to Genetic Testing?

Last week we held a Tweet Chat with our amazing co-hosts Georgia Hurst and Amy Byer Shainman, special guest Sharlene Hesse-Biber, PhD and host Ambry Genetics to discuss a very important issue in genetic testing: Who really has access? As always, the response from our community of patients, advocates and others was overwhelming. Here are the highlights of the conversation. Do you think most people can afford…

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How Well Do You Understand Prostate Cancer?

Last Updated May 30, 2019 While the odds are good that you know someone who has been 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 located below…

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What can I do to reduce my risks of bladder cancer?

Updated May 2, 2019 We are bringing Bladder Cancer Awareness Month to a close with some basic information on the risk factors for bladder cancer (and ways to reduce risk), signs and symptoms, and treatment options. What is bladder cancer? The bladder is an organ that stores urine prior to urination. The bladder has 4…

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Sarcoma 101

What is sarcoma? Sarcoma is cancer in connective tissue or nonepithelial tissue. Connective tissue is composed of fat, blood vessels, nerves, bones, muscles, deep skin tissues, and cartilage. What are the types of sarcomas? There are two main types: soft tissue sarcoma and bone sarcoma. Within these main types, there are also approximately 100 different…

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