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Season 2 Episode 32: It's All in the Genes!

Updated: Oct 17, 2021

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It’s all in the genes!


In this week’s episode, Alex and Mary discuss genetic testing, specifically related to breast cancer. They touch on the advancements that have been made in genetic testing and the different perspectives on the need for and/or the benefits of genetic testing.


Episode Highlights

  • Welcome back! [0:40]

  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month [1:35]

  • Genetic testing [2:02]

  • Hesitancy [2:25]

  • HCM mutated gene [3:20]

  • Susan Berger interview [4:42]

  • Insurance constraints [5:00]

  • PALB2 mutated gene [7:25]

  • Predisposition to cancer, 11 genes [10:03]

  • CHEK2 mutated gene [10:45]

  • Prophylactic surgery [11:18]

  • Lynch Syndrome [12:17]

  • Genetic testing mix-up [13:24]

  • Prostate cancer [14:43]

  • Science/Medicine are constantly evolving [15:09]

  • Who should get genetic testing? [15:59]

  • From IHSS to HCM [16:42]

  • Fear of information [18:40]

  • Proactive/Informed decisions [18:58]

  • Second cancers after breast cancer [20:02]

  • In the News! [20:22]

  • Henrietta Lacks [20:40]

  • HELA cells ]21:09]

  • Medical consent [21:55]

  • See your doctor for genetic testing [24:57]

  • Ratings and reviews [26:35]

  • Thanks for listening! [27:35]

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Links Mentioned in the Episode

Woman learns fibroids caused blood clots in lungs, heart

PALB2 gene mutation and breast cancer risk: What to know

Genetic Testing: BRCA1, BRCA2, and PALB2 Mutations

Second Cancers After Breast Cancer

Common Cancer Myths and Misconceptions

More than BRCA: The other life-threatening breast cancer gene mutation to be aware of

The Legacy of Henrietta Lacks


Summary Keywords

Podcast, Spotify, Anchor, research, advocacy, advanced imaging, diagnosis, knowledge, women, fear, symptoms, genetic testing, BRCA1, BRCA2, PALB2, CHEK2, prophylactic surgery, HELA cells, Henrietta Lacks, Second cancers, Lynch Syndrome, prostate cancer, Susan Berger



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