BRCA-Related Breast and/or Ovarian Cancer syndrome, previously known as Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome (HBOC), is a well-known hereditary cancer syndrome characterized by increased risk for breast, ovarian, prostate, and pancreatic cancers and possibly melanoma. Genetic counseling and testing can help individuals learn more about their cancer risks as well as their options for…

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Last Updated:  January 8, 2019 This article is part of a series built to highlight rare hereditary cancer syndromes. Here’s one woman’s story of living with MUTYH-Associated polyposis (MAP). Genetic Counseling Note: MUTYH is a cancer predisposition gene that is associated with MAP. Unlike most hereditary cancer syndromes, MAP is inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern. …

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This article is part of a series built to highlight rare hereditary cancer syndromes. Here’s Georgia’s story of living with Lynch syndrome. Genetic Counseling Note: Lynch syndrome, also called Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Cancer Syndrome (HNPCC), is an autosomal dominant condition that can be caused by a mutation in one of at least 5 different genes (MSH2,…

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Gabbie (left) and her best friend/caregiver Meaghan (right) Did you know that November is National Caregivers Month? Today we are sharing the story of two friends, one BRCA positive and the other who stood by her side through a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy. Being a caregiver can really mean taking on many different roles.  As this…

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One genetic testing company recently grabbed headlines by announcing that for just $249 they will be offering a cancer gene panel that will test for 19 hereditary cancer genes. There is no doubt that low-cost options like these will break access to genetic testing wide open. But, does this mean everyone should run out and have…

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Since June is Men’s Health Month, we want to help set the record straight about men and cancer, especially breast cancer. In this conversation, Chris shares his story of being diagnosed with early-onset Stage III breast cancer as a 31-year-old newlywed. The messages from his story are clear: If men feel a lump under their…

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