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9 Myths About Men and Hereditary Cancer

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9 Myths About Men and Hereditary Cancer

True or false? Men don’t need genetic testing since only women can have a hereditary risk to develop cancer. Answer: FALSE. The notion that men cannot have hereditary cancer mutations that put them at increased risk to develop cancer is just one of the myths surrounding men and genetic testing. Here are 9 more FALSE ideas about men…

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TweetChat: Lynch Syndrome And Other Hereditary Colon Cancer Syndromes

To conclude Lynch Syndrome and Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, we held a tweetchat, #GenCSM, with our phenomenal co-hosts Georgia Hurst and Amy Byer Shainman and special guest Heather Hampel, MS, LGC. Hampel is a genetic counselor at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her research interests include screening all colorectal and endometrial cancer patients for Lynch…

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Recessive Mutations in MSH3 Found to Cause Colon Cancer

A research team at the University of Bonn in Germany has published a new study regarding  a mismatch repair gene called MSH3.  This discovery is unique in that MSH3 is 1) inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern and 2) causes the development of multiple colon polyps, which is in contrast to most other known mismatch…

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Beyond BRCA: FAP

This article is part of a series created to highlight rare hereditary cancer syndromes. Here’s Kevin’s story of Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP).  Genetic Counseling Note: Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) is an hereditary cancer syndrome that results in the development of multiple polyps in the GI tract.  FAP is often caused by a mutation in the APC…

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Beyond BRCA: GREM1

Genetic Counseling Note: GREM1 is a hereditary cancer predisposition gene located on chromosome #15 and is autosomal dominant.  This means that people who inherit one copy of a mutation in GREM1, from either parent, are at increased risk to develop polyps and cancer of the colon.  It also means that carriers of a GREM1 mutation have…

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A Friday Night Email from Your Genetic Counselor: 5 Years Later

There were hundreds of patients and moments that left imprints on me over my 20-year career as a clinical genetic counselor (first in Pediatrics at SUNY Syracuse, and then as the Founder and Director of the Yale Cancer Genetic Counseling Program).  One of those moments occurred 4 years ago today, on June 1, 2012. One…

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