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Detecting Hereditary Cancer with Cassie Gurganus

The Cancering Show

Release Date: 05/31/2021

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Did you know that there is a blood test that can tell you whether you are at higher risk to develop cancer during your lifetime? Today, we have Cassie Gurganus, a Certified Genetic Counselor at the USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute, and she explains the inherited cancer risks that are passed from parent to child and the testing options that are available. Plus, she shares the latest breakthroughs and the importance of using our DNA to help diagnose, treat and further understand cancer.

Key Takeaways

Genetic counseling helps patients or their relatives who are at a high risk for disease to learn about their condition and possible treatments.

Genetic testing can be a powerful preventative cancer tool.

While all cancer involves genetic mutations, not all of those mutations are inherited.

Not all genetic testing is the same. Consumer genetic testing kits like 23andMe are popular but have many limitations compared to the tests available with a Certified Genetic Counselor at USA Health.

 

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The Cancering Show is brought to you by USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute. MCI is a cutting-edge cancer research and treatment center built to fight cancer smarter in Mobile and Baldwin counties in Alabama. Our researchers and clinicians focus daily on the struggle against cancer, serving a potential catchment population of more than 4.1 million people, with a singular focus of advancing cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond with science, technology and hope.


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