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...
Who Should Consider BRCA Testing?

Who Should Consider BRCA Testing?

BRCA-Related Breast and/or Ovarian Cancer syndrome is a hereditary cancer syndrome caused by mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. It results in increased risk for breast, ovarian, prostate, and pancreatic cancers and possibly melanoma. Experts believe genetic risk...
Nine Myths About Men and Hereditary Cancer

Nine Myths About Men and Hereditary Cancer

Last Updated June 15, 2022 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...
Hereditary Kidney Cancer Part 1

Hereditary Kidney Cancer Part 1

Last Update: March 5, 2019 This article will focus on kidney cancers and the possibility that kidney cancers may be due an inherited risk. It is estimated that ~3-5% of kidney cancers are hereditary. Photo Credit: WebMD Usually, a person is born with two kidneys. ...
Hereditary Kidney Cancer Part 2

Hereditary Kidney Cancer Part 2

Photo Credit:  Urology Care Foundation Updated: March 5, 2019 In Part 1 of this series on hereditary kidney cancer, we introduced red flags that increase the likelihood of a hereditary predisposition to kidney cancer.  In this post, we review six hereditary cancer...