genetic testing

How family history and genetics affect your cancer risk

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 …

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5 things to consider when using at-home genetic testing kits

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 …

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6 things you should know about genetic testing

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 …

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With genetic testing, sisters take control of breast cancer

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 …

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Can a saliva test really detect your genetic “risk” of Alzheimer’s?

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 …

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Did You Inherit a 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 …

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