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Medicare Considers Coverage of Genetic Prostate Cancer Test

Tags: genetic counseling, genetic disorder, genetics, Oncotype DX Prostate test, prostate cancer, prostate screening

The Oncotype DX prostate cancer test allows more men with low-risk prostate cancer to choose active surveillance – sparing them unnecessary treatment. Now, a proposal for Medicare coverage is under review.


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BRCA1 and Ovarian Cancer: Why Women Choose Preventive Surgery

Tags: BRCA1, BRCA2, breast cancer, cancer, genetic counseling, genetics, ovarian cancer

The decision to have your ovaries and fallopian tubes removed does not come easily. But if you face an alarmingly high genetic risk of ovarian cancer, sometimes this preventive surgery is the right option.


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How Your Family Affects Your Heart Health

Tags: Cardiomyopathy, genetic counseling, genetics, heart health

When it comes to heart disease, there are plenty of factors you can’t control — including aging and your family history. But even if you can’t turn back time, you can get clarity and manage your risk with the help of genetics.


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How A Traffic Accident Saved One Woman’s Life

Tags: breast cancer, genetic counseling, genetics, personalized healthcare, PTEN gene

What could have been the worst day of Kelley Douglass’ life became a turning point when post-crash testing led to genetic counseling — and the diagnosis of a rare genetic disorder.


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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.


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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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Guide to Genetic Testing: What Happens, What You Learn

Tags: genetic counseling, genetic disorder, genetic information, genetic testing, genetics, health screenings

Genetic counseling provides risk assessment information that can’t affect your insurance rates. In fact, insurance companies are now required to cover the cost of genetic testing under the Affordable Care Act.


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Top 3 Benefits of a Digital Family History

Tags: electronic health records, family health history, genetic counseling, personalized healthcare

The best family health history is built right into an electronic health record. You gather it at home — or wherever you like — and your doctor can access it anywhere.


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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.”