It’s been five years since Angelina Jolie announced to the world she carries a BRCA1 mutation and had a prophylactic double mastectomy to lower her risks of developing breast cancer. Below advocates reflect on the impact she has made by sharing her story and starting widespread conversation about hereditary cancer and prevention. “Angelina’s efforts have…

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This is the fiftteenth installment in our series, “Trailblazing Genetic Counselors”, in which we highlight genetic counselors who are pioneers in the field. Genetic counselors are health professionals with specialized graduate degrees and experience in the areas of medical genetics and counseling. Genetic counseling is a rapidly growing field offering professionals a wide range of…

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This is the eleventh installment in our series, “Trailblazing Genetic Counselors,” in which we highlight genetic counselors who are pioneers in the field. Genetic counselors are health professionals with specialized graduate degrees and experience in the areas of medical genetics and counseling. Genetic counseling is a rapidly growing field offering professionals a wide range of…

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We asked previvors in the community: what would you like to say to the person on the fence about whether or not to have genetic testing? Here’s the advice they offer! Photo Credit: Laura Rice It’s not painful. You’ll get so much out of it (the answer). You’re strong enough to find out and move…

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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 syndromes that increase the risk to develop kidney cancer. Hereditary Cancer Syndromes that…

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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.  They are located in the rear of the abdominal cavity.…

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