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Genetics

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All cancer begins with a genetic change in a cell - followed by many other cell changes. Over the last several years our knowledge and awareness of the importance of genetic links for disease and overall health has increased exponentially. As recently as five years ago, it was agreed that about 5% of all Breast Cancers had some genetic component. With additional knowledge about genetics, it is now thought that up to 10% can be attributed to some genetic factor(s). As you investigate this topic and consider genetic testing, it is highly advisable to work with a genetic counselor. Below you will find some helpful website links:

•       Genetic Testing Registry http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/gtr/

•       GeneReviews http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1116/

•       Genetic counseling http://www.ferregenetics.org/

•       OMIM http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/omim

•       National Comprehensive Cancer Network http://www.nccn.org

•       Genetics Home Reference http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/

•       March of Dimes http://www.marchofdimes.com/gyponline

•       AMA Family History Info http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/physician-resources/medical-science/genetics-molecular-medicine/family-history.page

•       National Society of Genetic Counselors  www.nsgc.org  (Find a genetic counselor near you)