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UPDATE: A Friday Night Email from Your Genetic Counselor

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UPDATE: A Friday Night Email from Your Genetic Counselor

UPDATE: When this article was originally published, I disclosed how much of an imprint this case left on me. Now, as we approach the seven-year anniversary of finally discovering the genetic mutation that plagued Nate’s family, I decided to reach out to Nate’s dad, Larry, to see how the family has been doing. He had…

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9 Myths About Men and Hereditary Cancer

Last Updated May 30, 2019 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…

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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

Updated: March 5, 2019 Genetic Counseling Note: GREM1 is a hereditary cancer predisposition gene.  Having a type of genetic mutation called a duplication just before the GREM1 gene (and at the end of a gene called SCG5) causes the GREM1 protein (encoded by the GREM1 gene) to be overactive and is associated with hereditary mixed…

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