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Healthy Headlines: Breast cancer genetic testing: What you need to know to make an informed decision

At St. Elizabeth Healthcare, we know that a breast cancer diagnosis can be shocking and overwhelming. We offer comprehensive care from the moment of your breast cancer diagnosis through your surgery, treatments, recovery and beyond. Our breast cancer care protocol has recently expanded to include meeting with a genetic counselor shortly after your diagnosis. New guidelines recommend multi-gene panel...

Norton Breast Health Center opens new comprehensive facility in northeastern Louisville

Women who need care for all types of breast health issues will find new options in northeastern Louisville at Norton Breast Health Center on the Norton Brownsboro Hospital campus. The new center opened Tuesday and will provide comprehensive, patient-centered care and services from one convenient location. In addition to offering fast and accurate diagnostic and screening mammograms, Norton Breast Health...

Keven Moore: Home DNA kits have become a hot item; know the ins and outs before you order

In theory, you could be discriminated against for health or for racist reasons. In theory. DNA is a double helix formed by base pairs attached to a sugar-phosphate backbone. Source: National Institutes for Health This will probably be a more real issue in the future, but right now, the data, algorithms, and accessibility aren’t there. Voluntary records from familial DNA searching sites can be used...

Genetic testing may help identify women at a higher risk for contracting breast cancer

With Breast Cancer Awareness Month coming up in October, KentuckyOne Health is encouraging women to consider genetic testing, which may help identify women at a higher risk for breast cancer. Testing for inherited abnormal genes through BRCA genetic testing can help save the lives of those at an increased risk for breast cancer. “Genetic testing is not recommended for all women, but can be helpful...