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Who Should Be Concerned About Hereditary Cancer?

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Who Should Be Concerned About Hereditary Cancer?

Most cancer is not hereditary. Approximately 80% of cancer is not inherited and is instead caused by a combination of factors, including aging, obesity, and environmental factors. So who should be concerned about hereditary cancer? If one or more of the following red flags are found in your family, you should consider seeing a certified…

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The Colon Cancer Podcast: Lynch Syndrome and Genetic Testing and Counseling

In this episode of The Colon Cancer Podcast, Ellen T. Matloff joins Georgia Hurst to discuss the role that genetic testing and counseling can play in Lynch Syndrome management. Host Lee Silverstein, a stage 4 colon cancer survivor, adds his own personal experience with the disease and highlights the importance of seeking out your extended family’s medical…

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For $249, Shouldn’t We All Have the Cancer Gene Panel?

Color Genomics just announced that for a mere $249 they are offering genetic testing for a panel of genes that will include BRCA1, BRCA2 and 17 other genes associated with cancer risk. Considering that the lead competitor in this space offers their cancer gene panel for more than $4000, you can see why this announcement…

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You've Always Had the Power My Dear. You Had it All Along.

Last week was a great reminder of the power of the consumer – namely, You. Forbes published an article about Angelina Jolie with which many of us in the hereditary cancer community took issue. Some felt the tone was a bit snarky and that the medical and scientific facts were not accurate. Those of us…

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Nature: Gene Counsellors Expect Resurgence of 'Jolie Effect'

Ellen T. Matloff, My Gene Counsel President and CEO, was featured in Nature last week discussing how misinterpreted results of genetic testing for cancer risk can result in unnecessary surgery. This story follow’s Angelina Jolie Pitt’s disclosure that she recently underwent a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, her second prophylactic surgery since testing positive for a BRCA1 mutation. Her public comments…

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Discussion: Your Need-to-know Guide About Colon Cancer

Updated March 5, 2019 In honor of March being Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, we’ve shared resources, information, and personal stories on prevention and living through cancer. We’d like to end the month with our attention on Lynch Syndrome – a hereditary cancer syndrome that is still largely misunderstood among patients and in the medical community.…

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