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
At-home genetic testing is becoming a popular trend. The cost of these tests is decreasing, which means more people can participate in learning about their DNA — and who isn’t curious about their genes and ancestry? These testing kits now offer to provide information about your risk of having a mutation in the BRCA1 or … Continue reading 5 things to consider when using at-home genetic testing kits
Thanks to modern medicine, we have more than 7,000 genetic tests that can potentially identify red flags for certain diseases. Genetic testing is not perfect — it can’t guarantee answers to all our health questions — but it’s a useful tool that can help arm us with information to consider when making health-related decisions. There … Continue reading 6 things you should know about genetic testing
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
When 36-year-old Paola Gerber found a lump in her breast, she was terrified. Knowing she had a family history of breast cancer at a young age, she automatically assumed the worst. “I have three women in my family who were diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 40,” she said. Paola thought she was … Continue reading Fearless in the face of breast cancer
Unlocking the data stored within our DNA can help us learn a host of different things about our ancestry and health. But how much should you worry if your genes are linked to the development of disease? 23andMe, a genetic testing company, aims to arm people with foreshadowing about their health risks. It recently received … Continue reading Can a saliva test really detect your genetic “risk” of Alzheimer’s?
There are some things that are worth inheriting: a 1967 Camaro in pristine condition or an antique cedar chest full of $100 bills. Even an old family heirloom or wonderful vintage photos would be nice. But what about a gene defect? By definition, Lynch Syndrome is a form of hereditary cancer caused by an inherited gene … Continue reading Could you have inherited this colon cancer risk?
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?