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Genetic Counselors: Don’t Wait for an Invitation. Crash the Party.

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Last October, a breaking news story grabbed my attention. A woman in Oregon reportedly had her breasts and uterus removed because her genetic test results were misinterpreted. This unfortunate story resonated with me as a certified genetic counselor and someone who helps patients interpret the resul

New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines Build on Progress

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As a genetic counselor working in oncology for 23 years, I’ve seen amazing progress in treating people through personalized medicine. We’ve begun to see less cancer in relatives of people with the disease because knowing their family history has prompted them to take steps to reduce their risk.  And

Is Female Fertility Preservation Right for You?

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When Parents magazine wrote about 13 female celebrities who delivered babies after age 40, it was more than a story about the lifestyles of the rich and famous.  Fertility preservation is increasingly recognized as an option for individuals or couples who want to be parents in the future. For exampl

El Mes de la Herencia Hispana

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Pruebas De Ascendencia de ADN: Los Muchos Caminos Que Se DescubrenRead the English version here El Mes de la Herencia Hispana nos recuerda que una sola palabra – Hispano – puede usarse para unificar a un grupo de personas, pero no puede describir los varios caminos que anduvieron los ancestros d

Hispanic Heritage Month

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Ancestry DNA Testing: The Many Paths It Uncovers Hispanic Heritage Month reminds us that although one word – Hispanic – can be used to unite individuals, the word cannot describe the multiple paths trodden by the ancestors of those who identify as Hispanic today. National Society of Genetic Coun
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