The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) provides guidelines to help determine who should have genetic testing for hereditary cancers and how individuals should be followed after testing. They recently published updates to these guidelines that we’ve summarized below. The full guidelines can be found here. We’ve also previously published a list of risk factors, that if…

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Updated May 30, 2019 National Cancer Survivors Day is June 2, 2019. To celebrate, we have compiled quotes from cancer survivors and families to educate and inspire others. “I’ve always viewed my family history and genetic information as another tool – knowledge is power – I believe that. It empowered me, helped me make treatment…

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Last Updated: January 28, 2019 This article is part of a series created to highlight hereditary cancer syndromes and other genetic predispositions to cancer. Here’s Cindy‘s story of living with a CHEK2 mutation.  You can find her @SpannerinMe or on her blog. Genetic Counseling Note: Having a mutation, also known as pathogenic variant, in the…

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Over the past 15 years we’ve learned that there are many hereditary cancer genes that, when mutated, increase the risk of cancer development. Not just BRCA1 and BRCA2 for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Not just the Lynch Syndrome genes and APC for hereditary colon cancer. Dozens of genes that, when mutated, cause different ranges…

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