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Charis Eng, MD, PhD

Charis Eng, MD, PhD is founding chairwoman of the Genomic Medicine Institute and founding director of its Center for Personalized Genetic Healthcare. Dr. Eng is a global leader in cancer genetics and cancer genomic medicine.

3 Ways Genetic Knowledge is Power

“Patients in waiting.” It’s a term we in the world of genetics hear from time to time. The idea is that for certain conditions where there is no cure — or where it may be years before a patient shows symptoms — genetic testing can cause anxiety without providing steps for care. I don’t believe … Read More

When Family Matters for Alzheimer’s Disease

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. This disease takes its toll on families, both patients and their caregivers. With that in mind, many people want to know, “If it happened to someone in my family, can it happen to me, too?” Our understanding of the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease lags behind … Read More

Know Your Family Tree, Boost Your Family’s Health (Infographic)

A family health history can help you and your doctors create a personalized care plan. Here’s a guide to help you gather this important information, which will benefit both you and your family. You can get the conversation going at any family gathering. Get more tools and resources to help you collect your family health history.

8 Tips for a Better Family Health History

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. November is Family Health History Month, and the holidays are the perfect time to gather information you and your doctors need to craft a roadmap for preventing disease. Use … Read More

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How Your Genes Affect Breast Cancer Care

With 230,000-plus new cases of breast cancer per year in the United States, there is a good chance someone in your family has been affected by this disease. As we learn more about the genetics involved, we know more about the role of family history — and how to diagnose and treat patients based on … Read More

A Genetic Test You Don’t Need

As a geneticist and researcher, I believe in the power of genetic testing. By identifying genetic mutations, we can improve care and save lives. But just because we can test something doesn’t always mean we should. Take the MTHFR gene, for example. MTHFR codes for an enzyme that helps your body convert homocysteine into an … Read More

Cancer’s Signatures — and What They Mean for Patients

When you or a loved one has cancer, chances are you describe it by where it attacks the body: breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer. The same goes for us in the medical community — we examine cancer under a microscope and look for what makes it different. But cancer itself doesn’t always make the … Read More

Can Vitamin E Help Prevent Cancer?

If taking a vitamin every day prevented cancer, people would be lining up at the drugstore. In lab research, we have found that vitamin E may do exactly that, at least for certain patients. Among people with the genetic disorder Cowden Syndrome, vitamin E may slow or stop the cell damage that leads to cancer. … Read More

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Thirdhand Smoke May Damage Your DNA

Cigarette smoke lives on long after you take your last drag of the day. The smell lingers on your clothes, on the furniture, on the curtains and elsewhere. But new research suggests the problem may be bigger than just a smell. Research published in the journal Mutagenesis has made headlines recently by focusing on this … Read More

Prostate Cancer: Can You Watch and Wait?

When a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, the first question that comes to mind may be, “How soon can I be treated?” But treatment isn’t always the answer, especially for low-risk cases. That’s why the Oncotype DX Prostate Cancer Test made headlines when it was announced last month. The test is designed to determine … Read More