Jolie’s Choice: Why Have a Preventive Mastectomy?

When a woman decides to have her breasts removed to prevent cancer, the choice is never easy. But it can be the right choice — with the right information. When actress Angelina Jolie announced today in The New York Times that she had a prophylactic (preventive) double mastectomy, she brought new attention to this procedure. … Read More

Autism and Genetics: A Q&A About What We Know

There’s good news coming from autism researchers at a rapid pace. Almost monthly, we hear about new genes tied to autism spectrum disorders. Still, our understanding of the genetics of autism is years behind our understanding of how genetics affects cancer, for example. With that in mind, I sat down with my colleague and autism … Read More

Lynch Syndrome and the Genetics of Colon Cancer

If you are 50 or older, you probably know you need regular screenings to prevent colon cancer. But did you know that some people need screenings much earlier in life? For people with Lynch syndrome, the most common genetic cause of colorectal cancer, the risk starts as early as age 25. Fortunately, knowing if you … Read More

What Genetic Counselors Can Do for You

The world of genetics can seem complex and even baffling to a lot of people — especially those who think of science as a foreign language. If that’s the case for you, I have good news: You don’t have to figure genetics out on your own. That’s a genetic counselor’s job. They help make sense … Read More

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