May 24, 2017

Interview Transcript

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

Interviewer: Just like there are market indicators, there are also indicators that you might get cancer. Whitney Espinel is a genetic counselor at Huntsman Cancer Institute. And what indicators should a person look for?

Whitney: Some red flags that might indicate a genetic predisposition to cancer include cancers occurring at an earlier age than expected, for example breast cancer under 50, family members with the same or related types of cancers, multiple people with breast cancer, breast and ovarian or multiple people with colon cancer or multiple generations of people with similar cancers.

Interviewer: And if I am seeing those indicators in my family, what should I do?

Whitney: If you're concerned about cancer risks in your family, you can talk to your doctor whether or not you should seek genetic testing or talk with a genetic counselor. Genetic counselor can help you understand and manage your cancer risks that might include cancer screenings, medications or reducing high-risk behaviors.

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