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Genetic Counseling for Cancer Where you Least Expect It

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On a recent flight, I sat next to a passenger* who asked what I did for a living.  After telling her I am a genetic counselor who specializes in hereditary cancers, the conversation turned into a curbside consult about her family health history. It ended with a big surprise for her.

Keys to Your Genetic Heart Health

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Why take heredity to heart? It’s simple – heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women, and is highly preventable! It’s also quite common to have a hereditary predisposition to heart disease in your genes.

Patient Blog Post Series: The Necessity of Genetic Counseling

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Editor’s note: The following article is a part of the National Society of Genetic Counselors’ new patient blog post series. Written by real patients, these stories share a glimpse into the sometimes complicated world of genetics and the role a genetic counselor can play in helping people navigate...

"Angelina Jolie Effect”: What Should I Know About Hereditary Cancer and Testing?

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“Angelina Jolie Effect”: What Should I Know About Hereditary Cancer and Testing?In 2013, the world was taken by surprise when Angelina Jolie wrote a New York Times piece where she discussed her substantial family history of cancer, her decision to pursue genetic testing for the BRCA1 and BRCA2

Top Genetics Stories of 2016

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‘Tis the season for holiday celebrations, college football bowl games and, my personal favorite, 2016 wrap-up lists.  It has been another exciting year in the genetic counseling space and I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of the big news and breakthroughs
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