You can inherit more from your parents than physical features and personality traits.
You may know that your family history can contribute to your likliehood of getting heart disease or diabetes. If one of these conditions "runs in the family," you may choose to take proactive steps, like exercising and eating healthy, to prevent developing the same problems your relatives have had.
But what about cancer? If you have a family risk of cancer, is there anything you can do about it?
Yes, and it starts with genetic counseling. Emily Kuchinsky, a certified genetic counselor at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, says the important first step in knowing your familiar risk of cancer is genetic counseling. Counseling involves talking about several of the factors that can determine if you are at genetic risk. From that you can make an informed decision on whether or not you would like to proceed with genetic testing. It's a personal choice, but a genetics counselor can help you reach a decision you are comfortable with.
LEARN MORE AT A FREE SEMINAR:
MedStar Franklin Square is hosting a free seminar, "Women, Cancer and Genetics" on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 6 p.m. at the Maryland Golf & Country Club (1335 East MacPhail Road, Belair, MD 21015).
For more information or to register, visit medstarfranklin.org/gettingitright or call 443-777-7900.