Uncovering Breast Health and Genetics

Marie Borsellino, RN, OCN, CBPN-IC

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and a good time to bring real awareness to this disease that affects 1 in 8 women, taking the lives of almost 40,000 women and 450 men each year. Our guest speakers, Marie Borsellino, Breast Health Navigator at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and Cathleen McCann, Certified Genetics Counselor at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, will help us uncover the truths about breast cancer. Marie will shed light on the myths about breast cancer, give us signs and symptoms to watch out for, and proper breast self-exam techniques. She will also enlighten us about the breast health programs available to the women of our community. Cathleen will answer questions about genetics and hereditary cancer. She will explain the differences between sporadic, familial, and hereditary breast cancers.  Additionally, she will discuss the pros and cons of genetic testing and the role of genetic counseling.

When: 6:30-8 pm on October 2, 2013

Where: Florida Blue Center
285 N. Cattleman Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34243
Off University Parkway (Exit 213)
1/2 mile west of I-75

Cost: FREE

RSVP to info@breastinvestigators.com or call Bree at Florida Blue at 941-308-2046

Genetic Testing & Genetic Counseling- Understanding the Difference

The National Genome Research Institute describes genetic testing as a clinical tool that “can be performed to confirm a suspected diagnosis, to predict the possibility of future illness, to detect the presence of a carrier state in unaffected individuals (whose children may be at risk), and to predict response to therapy.”

As science advances and we enter into the era of personalized medicine with preventive care and treatment predominantly based on each person’s genetic makeup, it is important to know about the process of genetic testing and those interpreting that information. Through obtaining and understanding a personal genetic profile, individuals could potentially have the insight to their own predisposition to disease thus giving them an opportunity to prevent it. The presence or absence of genetic markers for some diseases can help people make informed decisions about prevention or treatment.

Our May Girl Talk on Health featured guest speaker Cristi Radford, certified genetic counselor at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and addressed genetics and its link to breast cancer. Among the points discussed was the difference between genetic counseling and genetic testing. Here is a link to a blog written for Breast Investigators in which Radford explains the difference between the two.

DNA Sequencing
DNA Sequencing