Myriad Genetics will have an informational booth and lead a 5:30 p.m. breakout session about hereditary cancer testing at Monday’s Fall Into Health event at Morris Area Elementary School. Kim Kelley with Myriad spoke with KMRS and said that they will first look at a number of risk factors to determine if testing is appropriate. Risks increase if you or a close relative has had breast, ovarian, pancreatic, colorectal, or uterine cancer.
“So, it’s just very important that we help people identify if they have these gene mutations in their family, because there’s a lot that can be done from a medical management standpoint to stay ahead of the risk and to reduce their chances of getting one of these concerns,” said Kelley.
Kelley recommended going to www.hereditarycancerquiz.com and printing the results before coming to Fall Into Health. She also said those planning to have lab draws that night and the hereditary screening should stop at the Myriad Genetics info booth first, so they don’t have to have blood drawn a second time. Fall Into Health is a free event, but the genetic testing may have additional costs. Kelley said people should bring their insurance cards with them.