Hereditary Thyroid Cancer

Hereditary Thyroid Cancer

The endocrine system is the bodily system that regulates our metabolism, growth and development, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, mood, and more. Glands that produce hormones and regulate these functions include: Pineal gland Pituitary gland Thyroid Thymus...
The Genetics of Pancreatic Cancer

The Genetics of Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is relatively uncommon, with a lifetime risk of ~1.5% for individuals in the United States. For the majority of pancreatic cancers, the cause is unknown and there is no known family history of the disease. In these circumstances, a cancer is...
Beyond BRCA: Cowden Syndrome (PTEN)

Beyond BRCA: Cowden Syndrome (PTEN)

This is part of a series of articles written to highlight rare hereditary cancer syndromes. In this interview, Heather shares her story of living with Cowden syndrome. Genetic Counseling Note: People who have a mutation (also known as a pathogenic variant) in the PTEN...