Learn More About Hereditary Risk Of Some Cancers

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

DAVENPORT, Iowa – May 20, 2015 – Based on your family history, you may be at higher risk for breast or ovarian cancer. Learn about genetic counseling and hereditary cancer risk assessments available at Genesis at a free seminar on Wednesday, June 10.

Leslie Poston, ARNP, Oncology Genetics Specialist at Genesis, will present the Hereditary Cancer Risk Assessment Seminar. The seminar will start at 6 p.m. in the Adler Health Education Center, located in the lower level of the Genesis Heart Institute at 1236 E. Rusholme St., Davenport.

Individuals inherit half of their genetic information from their mother and the other half from their father. Genes, alone or in combination, can determine what genetic features a person inherited from parents, including their risk for developing cancer.

Genetic testing is available for specific genes that can increase a person’s risk for cancer.

“Family history of breast and ovarian cancer can be an indicator of elevated risk for those cancers in next generations,’’ said Poston. “As we have seen with (actress) Angelina Jolie, some people are taking a very active role, through genetic testing, in identifying their own risk and proactively doing something about their increased risk.’’

The risk of breast cancer if your mother had breast cancer can be as much as twice the average population. A women’s risk for ovarian cancer with one first degree relative is double the average population. Multiple factors go into calculating a person’s risk including personal and family history. The number of people in a person’s family diagnosed with cancer, their ages at diagnosis, and how they are related are important parts of calculating a person’s risk.

Please RSVP by June 5 by going to www.genesishealth.com/GeneticSeminar or call (563) 421-7787.