family history of disease

What I Wish I’d Asked My Mother

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What I Wish I’d Asked My Mother

In 6th grade as I was walking back from gym class, my guidance counselor was standing in the hallway calling my name. She took me back to her office and explained that my mom had been diagnosed with cancer and needed to have an operation. My mom had surgery and a big scar across her…

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Beyond BRCA: Lynch Syndrome

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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Beyond BRCA: Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1 (MEN1)

This article is part of series built to highlight rare hereditary cancer syndromes. This is Mark’s story of living with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1 (MEN1). Genetic Counseling Note: Individuals with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 1 (MEN1) are at increased risk to develop more than 20 types of tumors, although the most common findings are tumors…

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Video: Breeding Out Disease

Last autumn 60 Minutes aired a controversial episode on Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), a loaded topic to say the least. In preparation for Newborn Screening Awareness Month this September, we’re revisiting this topic in order to help break it down. Listen to find out what PGD means, how it’s used and why its purpose is often…

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