When a person receives a life-altering diagnosis like that of cancer, two questions generally asked are: “Am I going to die?” and “Will my family get this, too?” The answer to the first question is long and complicated, and depends on a lot of things. But the answer to the second question is getting clearer … Continue reading How family history and genetics affect your cancer risk
Diedre Lewis and her sister, Kimberly, were heading down an uncertain path in 2015. Diedre, then 44, was already undergoing treatment for cancer in both breasts when she started looking into how the disease ran through her family tree. She knew, of course, that her mother had breast cancer. Turns out, so did her cousin … Continue reading With genetic testing, sisters take control of breast cancer
You may have joked about how you inherited your father’s blue eyes and your mother’s skills in the kitchen, or perhaps your uncle’s sense of humor or your grandfather’s high cholesterol. But have you ever wondered about inheriting a risk to develop cancer? Some people are born with a genetic risk to develop cancer. If … Continue reading Did You Inherit a Cancer Risk?