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Hereditary cancer risk: how to share the news with your family

Genetic counselor and Counsyl’s Director of Cancer Screening, Kaylene Ready recently interviewed Georgia Hurst, the founder and executive director of the nonprofit ihavelynchsyndrome.org.

After losing one brother to colon cancer and having another brother diagnosed, Georgia learned she has Lynch syndrome, a hereditary cancer syndrome that puts her (and any of her relatives that share her mutation) at risk for not just colon cancer, but also other cancers such as uterine, ovarian, stomach and small bowel cancer.

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Family communication about risk is one of the toughest topics in genetics.

Read more on the HuffPost Blog to learn how Georgia and her family handled spreading the news of the mutation and what she tells other people in the same situation.

Every other month Georgia (@ShewithLynch) works with @MyGeneCounsel and  @BRCAresponder to bring together the genetic cancer community on Twitter for a tweetchat with special guest experts.  Check them out by following #GENSCM.

Counsyl has provided support to Ihavelynchsyndrome.org, the non-profit organization founded by Georgia Hurst.

 

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