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Recently, I ran into one of my son’s teachers, who we’ll call Lora, at the vegetable market. She’s 24 weeks pregnant and thrilled but after hearing her story of the drama of receiving very scary genetic screening test results, I suggested we go grab a cup of tea.
She needed to talk. Everything in her life changed abruptly when she got a phone message on a Friday afternoon (which is even worse!) that there might be a problem and she’d need more testing. What she ultimately found out was that all of the terror and uncertainty that took weeks to resolve could have been avoided. (We’ll get to that in a minute). (more…)
New technology in genetic testing mean that pregnant mothers can have a simple blood test as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy to obtain highly accurate information about the possibility of their pregnancy being affected by the most common genetic conditions.
Genetic testing in pregnancy with Amnio and CVS carries risk of miscarriage, but what about the non-invasive tests that most women have that lead to the recommendation to have an Amnio or CVS?
Right now, genetic testing in pregnancy is undergoing a seismic shift. There are many different tests that are offered to pregnant moms to screen for genetic conditions.
These combined and integrated screens rely upon a combination of ultrasound plus a series of blood tests for pregnancy hormones and proteins.
While these tests are much better than just estimating risk and recommending amnio and CVS just based upon a mom’s age, they aren’t perfect.
How many of you are confused by the seemingly endless rounds of recommendations about breast cancer screenings? I know that I am and so this post is designed to help answer the 6 essential questions that will help you decide what to do about breast cancer screening.
1. When Shouldbe Started?
In general, for women without a family history of breast cancer, According to the American Cancer Society, mammograms should begin at age 40. If there’s a strong family history of breast cancer, your health care provider may recommend earlier screening.
Joseph’s brother was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 38 and is now battling a recurrence after 5 years of being cancer free. As they looked closely at the family history, there were several other aunts and uncles who had also had cancer in the stomach, pancreas or bladder. Joseph asked me about genetic testing for himself and his children. He wondered if these cancers were random events or related to a genetic disorder.