Guardian of the Genome: An Overview of Li-Fraumeni Syndrome

Li-Fraumeni syndrome When I was initially diagnosed with Lynch syndrome, I became highly interested in other hereditary cancer syndromes and wanted to learn as much about them as I could. Reading about them gave me tremendous perspective. The more I read, the more I recognized the parallels between them … there may be some different cancer manifestations of these syndromes but for the most part the emotional gravity of having a hereditary cancer syndrome is the same. -Georgia You may be familiar with the BRCA genes and Lynch syndrome, but… more...

Thanksgiving is National Family Health History Day!

  Thanksgiving is National Family Health History Day! With the holiday season fast approaching in the US, many of us are looking forward to celebrating by spending quality time with family. But besides enjoying turkey dinners and holiday sales, did you also know that Thanksgiving is a great time to gather a family health history? In 2004, the U.S. Surgeon General declared Thanksgiving as National Family Health History Day. This information is very useful for your health care providers to know what medical conditions you may be at risk… more...

What is PGD? How Can It Help Those with Lynch syndrome?

What is Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and How Can It Help Those with Lynch syndrome?  Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) was introduced in 1990 and has provided a way to screen embryos for genetic conditions, chromosomal abnormalities, and mitochondrial disorders. This method enables couples to perform an embryo genetic analysis before transferring the embryo to the uterus during an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle. Before the introduction of PGD, the only option available to couples with a hereditary genetic condition was to naturally conceive and then perform prenatal testing, such… more...

The Documentary: Pink and Blue

Alan Blassberg with me in L.A. last week. Breast cancer is not just a “pink” thing; it can be a male thing, too. What I find so ironic is that the color pink, not blue, was affiliated with boys up until the 19th century; most children before World War I wore white, usually until the age of six. White clothing was much easier to clean and it wasn’t later in the century until dyes became popular when children began wearing pastels — boys mostly wore pink, girls wore blue. History… more...

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