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Migraine Runs in My Family

For patient advocate Julie Ryan, migraine is a family affair, which has some benefits – a deep empathy for migraine pain for starters.

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Are You At Risk For Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Your age, genetics, and even exposure to smoke at a young age can have an effect on whether you develop rheumatoid arthritis.

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Quiz: Do You Know the Risk Factors for Cervical Cancer?

Does birth control use increase your risk of cervical cancer? What about your family history? Test your knowledge here.

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10 Important Facts About BRCA Gene Mutations

BRCA gene mutations indicate a higher risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. Here’s what you should know about your screening and treatment options.

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All About BRCA Gene Mutations

If you have BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene mutations, here's what you should know your options, insurance coverage, and screening for other members of your family.

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Genetic Counselor Explains BRCA Genetic Mutations

Dana Clark, M.S., L.C.G.C., at the Basser Center for BRCA at Penn Medicine, discusses when you’re at a high risk for BRCA gene mutations, what testing involves, and what misconceptions she commonly encounters.

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Angelina Jolie's Effect on Breast Cancer

When Angelina Jolie spoke up about her preventive double mastectomy and BRCA1, she raised more awareness in one day that some organizations do in 10 years.

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Having a Baby Saved Me From Breast Cancer

Katrina Wells’ daughter was a surprise that might have helped saved her life. Read her story about finding the BRCA1 gene mutation in her pregnancy blood test.

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Home DNA Tests and Privacy: A Primer

Remember: Reputable companies will ask permission before they share your information with others.

Woman and doctor discussing symptoms.

Are You at Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Genetics, gender and age, and environmental factors can all contribute to your risk of developing RA. While there isn’t a surefire way to predict if you’ll get RA, this new blood test might give you some insight.