Understanding Genetics and Cancer

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Event Date: 
Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 19:30

“There has never been a scientific career quite like Mary-Claire King’s.” The New York Times

The Genetics of Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer: From Gene Discovery to Precision Medicine and Public Health

Renowned human geneticist Dr. Mary-Claire King discovered the genetic mutation responsible for breast cancer, a finding that has revolutionized the course of cancer research and transformed the way patients are diagnosed and treated. A recipient of the National Medal of Science for her bold, imaginative and diverse contributions to medical science and human rights, Dr. King will discuss the genetics of inherited cancers in this free community event.

Following the talk a panel of experts will address genetics, cancer and you, including the following topics:

lifestyle and cancer risk reduction
family history and ethnicity risk factors
genetic testing as cancer prevention
privacy of genetic testing results
benefits and perils of ancestry testing
local resources for cancer risk assessment and counseling

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DISCUSSION