Charis Eng, MD, PhD

Charis Eng, MD, PhD

Charis Eng, MD, PhD is a global leader in cancer genetics and cancer genomic medicine. She is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences and one of only four formally trained clinical cancer geneticists in the country. Dr. Eng is founding chairwoman of the Genomic Medicine Institute and founding director of its Center for Personalized Genetic Healthcare.

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DNA

Should All Women Be Screened for BRCA1 and BRCA2?

Tags: BRCA, breast cancer

Who should be tested — and when? These are the big questions people ask when it comes to genetic screening, especially for commonly known mutations. Get expert insight.


woman

What You Should Know About PALB2 and Breast Cancer Risk

Tags: BRCA, breast cancer, cancer, genetic counseling, genetics, healthhub number, infographic

When a genetic mutation makes headlines, the first thing patients ask is, “Should I be tested for it?”


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What You Can Learn From Basketball Star Isaiah Austin

Tags: genetic counseling, genetics, marfan syndrome

When basketball star Isaiah Austin stood in front of the crowd at June’s NBA draft, the moment had special meaning for people with genetic conditions.


DNA in test tubes

Do Your Genes Increase Your Risk of Getting Cancer Twice?

Tags: breast cancer, cancer, endometrial cancer, genetics, PTEN gene, research, thyroid cancer

According to a new study, people with a certain genetic mutation have a higher chance of developing cancer not once, but twice. Find out what the research means for patients.


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Are These 3 Fears Scaring You Away from Genetic Medicine?

Tags: genetic counseling, genetic testing, genetics

Patients want to know what genetic information means, who can use it and who pays for it. Get answers here.


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The Epigenetics of Cholesterol, Smoking and Cancer

Tags: breast cancer, cancer, epigenetics, genetics, genomics, prostate cancer, PTEN gene

Find out what the hot field of epigenetics can tell us about bad habits and the way cancer grows and spreads.


DNA as a puzzle

3 Ways Genetic Knowledge is Power

Tags: genetic counseling, genetic testing, genetics, genomics, personalized healthcare

Knowledge is power — when it is delivered in the right way. The goal of genetic testing and counseling is to prepare patients, not create “patients in waiting.”


Family members

When Family Matters for Alzheimer’s Disease

Tags: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer’s disease, family history, genetics

Alzheimer's disease takes its toll on families, both patients and their caregivers. Many people want to know, “If it happened to someone in my family, can it happen to me, too?”


Family health history

8 Tips for a Better Family Health History

Tags: family history, genetics, holiday season, personalized healthcare, Thanksgiving

When you gather around the table with your family this Thanksgiving, don’t just ask them to pass the mashed potatoes. Ask them about their health history.


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How Your Genes Affect Breast Cancer Care

Tags: breast cancer, breast cancer awareness month, breast cancer prevention, genetic counseling, genetic testing, genetics

As researchers learn more about the genetics of breast cancer, doctors can diagnose and treat patients based on very specific needs. Get expert answers to common questions.