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Genetic Testing
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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01/28/2008
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The same type of test used in hospitals is being marketed directly to the public

 

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The genetic tests used in hospitals are being marketed to the public.The genetic tests used in hospitals are being marketed to the public.A genetic testing kit for cancer risk is being marketed to the general public. But some doctors say proper genetic testing doesn't come in a box.

One in eight American women will develop breast cancer...and many live their lives knowing that a family history of the disease might increase their risk. So, some turn to genetic counseling and testing at cancer centers, where doctors assess the likelihood of developing cancer - and help patients make tough decisions about their treatment.

But now, the same type of test used in hospitals is being marketed directly to the public. It's prompting more women to find out about their risk of disease, but also touching off concerns about whether they'll be ready to handle the news, or any false results.

Today, where we live, we'll talk to experts about how genetic testing works - who can benefit from it - and the role that counseling plays. We'll also meet two women who learned that they were at risk and took action.

Our guests today are Ellen Matloff, Director of Cancer Genetic Counseling at the Yale Cancer Center and Dr. Molly Brewer, director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the UConn Health Center's NEAG Comprehensive Cancer Center.

You can contact us via email at wherewelive@wnpr.org.


 
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