Genetic testing is done through a blood or saliva sample in the clinic. This sample identifies specific inherited changes (mutations) in a person’s chromosomes to help detect increased risk of certain cancers. Genetic mutations can have beneficial, harmful, or no effect on health.
There are many features that can be present in a family that would indicate a referral is needed for genetic services. The following is a general (partial) checklist of characteristics that may indicate an increased risk of familial cancer or a heritable cancer syndrome.
What is the first thing that a lady may do when diagnosed with breast cancer - you got it, google “breast cancer.” This is the main thing that I always tell my patients not to do and why? Breast cancer comes in many different shapes and sizes.
Most women would say that a mammogram is uncomfortable as opposed to being painful.
Digital mammography has decreased radiation exposure by 22% when compared to the prior screen print mammography.
Prevention, prevention, prevention… This is what healthcare should be all about! It is wonderful to see such a popular public figure sharing her most intimate tales to raise awareness about genetic mutations and how they can affect individuals.
Mammograms are the “gold standard” for breast cancer screening. Other modalities such as ultrasound and MRI can be used as an adjunct in order to determine if an abnormality seen on mammography is suspicious for a malignancy or not. Some abnormalities seen on mammograms need to be imaged by ul
One of the number one risk factors for developing specific cancers is a positive family history. Talking with a genetics professional about your family history of cancers could result in consideration of genetic testing. If a genetic mutation is found, it can greatly increase your risk of devel
It is very important to do monthly self-breast exams because only you know those subtle changes that may have occurred and may mean something serious.
I feel that this occurs because one in eight women will get breast cancer; and let’s face it, who doesn’t know someone who has had breast cancer?
I have heard an oncologist say that breast cancer has become an “epidemic.”