There have been a number of popular news articles discussing professions that traditionally seem to attract more women than men. One of those professions often mentioned is genetic counseling. Two things to know about me: I’m a man; I’m a genetic counselor. Here is my personal story
In March of 2015, I wrote a blog post about a new and exciting FDA-approved drug for women who had ovarian cancer and also had inherited mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. Little did I know, the excitement surrounding new treatments for women with ovarian cancer was just beginning!
These are exciting times in the growing field of genetic counseling. While prenatal and preconception and cancer-risk counseling remain our bread and butter, clearly our skills and expertise can benefit infinitely many more people. Genetic counseling is a conversation that leads to action.
When I explain my job as a genetic counselor to family members or people I talk with while traveling, they are always surprised to learn that I meet with patients only one or two times. Some patients may have annual follow-up visits with their genetic counselor and geneticist
In the spring of 2013, I met with my new OB/GYN for a routine exam, and we discussed my family health history. I’d never really thought about my genetic risk for breast cancer. I knew my maternal grandmother had had breast cancer but hers was the only case in the family.