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

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

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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5 Myths About Prenatal Screening

Pregnancy often comes with mixed emotions. For every moment of anticipation, there may be a moment of anxiety. For some women, anxiety rises with prenatal genetic screenings — tests that can help identify genetic abnormalities before a baby’s birth. Rocio Moran, MD, a clinical geneticist in Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Personalized Genetic Healthcare, understands those … Read More

Thyroid Cancer: Does It Run in the Family?

100 percent — that’s the survival rate for thyroid cancer if we can diagnose the disease early. That’s good news when you consider that thyroid cancer is the fastest-growing cancer among men and second-fastest among women. Thanks to research, we know more than ever about this group of diseases. And thanks to improved genetic counseling … Read More