Jan 1, 1970

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: When should you consider genetic testing for cancer? Genetic counselor Wendy Kohlmann, what do you recommend?

Wendy: Basically, you know, when we are seeing a pattern of cancer in a family, that suggests that there's a higher than average risk being passed down. Genetic testing is a tool that allows us to actually go in and look at a person's DNA and try to pinpoint what might be wrong, if there's a particular genetic alteration or mutation causing a gene not to work properly.

So pinpointing the genetic change that has caused the risk also then lets us test at-risk relatives who are concerned about their risk and see whether or not they've inherited that change. And we can tell those who test negative that their risk is unlikely to be increased and they can be spared some unnecessary worry.

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