The Importance of Genetic and Genomic Testing
The National Cancer Institute finds that inherited genetic mutations play a major role in about 5 to 10 percent of all cancers. The advancement of genetic and genomic testing can predict whether a person is at risk for certain cancers or not and help doctors understand the molecular makeup of tumors so they can find better ways to treat the patient. Genetic testing has led to an uptick in early detection and expanded cancer prevention measures for people. On this episode, guest host Linda House talks to Dr. Holly Pederson, the Director of the Medical Breast Program at the Cleveland Clinic, and Christine Croissant, a patient of Dr. Pederson, about genetic and genomic testing and the importance of knowing your family history.