Mammograms: How Often and When Should I Start? – Color

October 31, 2018

Could this topic get any more perplexing? There are conflicting guidelines, confusing news headlines, and depending on which doctor you talk to, you might hear different things. What’s a girl to do? Mammograms are extremely important for all women, as they allow doctors to find cancers before they can be felt and before there... Read More

September 24, 2018

How do genes impact ovarian cancer risk? As a genetic counselor, it can be difficult to explain to someone when they should have genetic testing. Cancer is so common; it seems like almost everyone has it somewhere in their family. While... Read More

August 27, 2018

If you receive a positive genetic test result for a hereditary cancer gene, one of the most important things that you can do is share this information with close relatives such as siblings, parents, and children. These family members may... Read More

June 29, 2018

“You don’t want to do prostate cancer screening” says my primary care provider. “After all, you don’t die from prostate cancer; you die with prostate cancer.” This occurred as part of an important... Read More

Are You a Future Genetic Counselor? – Color

May 29, 2018

“There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart. Pursue these.” – Michael Nolan I recently had the opportunity to talk with journalist Turna Ray on the Sequenced podcast about the profession of genetic counseling... Read More

American Heart Month — 5 Ways to Keep your Heart Healthy

April 3, 2018

We all know that taking good care of our hearts is an important part of living a healthy life; however, it can be easier said than done. Eat healthy, lose weight, exercise — it might all feel a little overwhelming. It’s important to remember that even small changes... Read More

What You Need to Know About Hereditary Colorectal Cancer

April 3, 2018

I would like to start by dispelling the myth that hereditary colorectal cancer is rare by sharing a few important facts. 1 in 20 people will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime. (ACS Facts & Figures) Over 140,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in... Read More

When Apples and Oranges Become Peas and Carrots — Two Very Different Kinds of Cancer Genetic Tests

January 31, 2018

We’re excited to launch a monthly column featuring genetic counselors from external institutions and Color. Each month, genetic counselors will share insights on how genetics can empower people to make more informed health decisions. We kick it off with Julie S. Mak, a... Read More