A positive BRCA 1 or 2 diagnosis brings about its uncertainties for anyone. But learning you have a hereditary cancer syndrome at a younger age, i.e. before reaching certain "life milestones", can put your fears about your future health into overdrive. So what are you to do? Experienced cancer genetic counselor Taya Fallen, MS, LCGC has some sage advice.
A VUS is a change in a gene that at this point in time is an unknown, meaning genetics professionals don't know if this change is harmful (i.e. disease causing) or benign. However, genetic counselors can play a critical role in helping individuals and families interpret VUS results and determine next steps for personal care.
At-home DNA tests have made a big splash about their ability to deliver medical information from the comfort of your own home. But, do these tests live up to the hype? Insight's lead genetic counselor Taya Fallen weighs in on the limitations and inaccuracies of direct-to-consumer genetic tests.
Public interest in high risk hereditary cancer conditions is on the rise. We’ve seen firsthand how increased awareness of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer has led to more individuals being identified with BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations. Given that March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, it might be time for another hereditary cancer syndrome to take some time in the spotlight. Enter center stage: Lynch syndrome.
We posed a few questions to our genetic counselors to gather opinions on the growing need of genetic counselors. Below are their views and some possible solutions.