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GUIDELINES FOR
GENETIC TESTING
When it comes to cancer prevention, most of us have more questions
than answers. Genetic testing-one tactic that continues to gain popularity-is no different. What is genetic testing exactly? Is it something
everyone should do? Where can I have it done?
To answer these questions, we turn to one of the top cancer genetics
experts in Georgia, Northside Hosptial's Dr. Cindy Snyder.
What is genetic testing?
The genetic testing process
begins with a genetic risk
assessment. This may include:
* Genetic counseling
* In-depth consultation to
determine personal and family
history
* Assessment of cancer risk
* Development of plans to
reduce risk
* Education about cancer
risks and prevention

ILLUSTRATIONS BY DANTE TERZIGNI

Is this something everyone
should do?
Genetic testing is typically
recommended only for those
individuals who have a higherthan-normal risk of developing
cancer because of a family
history of the disease.

being mutation carriers to lower their
risk, and, regardless, everyone should
follow the American Cancer Society's
guidelines for cancer prevention," she
says. That's because anyone can get
cancer, and these guidelines "are also
recommendations that overlap with prevention of other chronic diseases."
In addition to exercising, avoiding
smoking and limiting alcohol, recommendations include having regular
cancer screenings, getting vaccinated
for HPV (or human papillomavirus,
a cause of cancer), eating a balanced,
mostly plant-based diet and maintaining a healthy weight. Gaudet also

CALL

Genetic Testing
at Northside
If you have questions or want
more information about
Northside Hospital Gwinnett's
Hereditary Cancer & Risk
Assessment Program, call
678-312-3235 to speak with our
cancer genetics specialist.

Where can I have it done?
Although you may find the service available at many different places,
there aren't many programs that offer the experience and expertise that
Dr. Snyder provides with Northside Hospital Gwinnett's Hereditary Cancer
& Risk Assessment Program.

recommends that women attempt to
breastfeed after having children, which
helps lower the risk of breast cancer
and comes with other health benefits
for mom and baby.

GET SCREENED
WITH CARE

If you look at your family's medical
history and decide genetic testing is
right for you, it is important to opt

for a true genetic counselor-one who
works with a hospital, doctor's office
or genetic counseling clinic-rather
than relying on an online service, the
National Cancer Institute recommends.
For starters, a genetic counselor can
help you accurately interpret your
test results and explain what those
results might mean for the rest of your
family-your children, siblings
or parents. ■
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