When to test for BRCA1 or BRCA2

Lori Getz, shares advice on when to test for BRCA1 or BRCA2 and why it is important to have your family tested for genetic mutations
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When to test for BRCA1 or BRCA2

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It was in February of 2011 that my mom was diagnosed with something called primary peritoneal cancer (PPC), which is a direct cousin to ovarian cancer--a very aggressive form of cancer. There are hereditary links to it. I'd never heard of the BRCA mutation before this, and after my mom was diagnosed, her genetic counselor called the entire family in--my siblings, myself, my mother's siblings, and her only living parent--her mom--and we were all tested for this genetic mutation. I have it, both of my brothers have it--they're identical twins, as well as one of my mother's sisters. It wasn't until she was diagnosed that we even started to learn about this genetic mutation.

Lori Getz, shares advice on when to test for BRCA1 or BRCA2 and why it is important to have your family tested for genetic mutations

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Lori Getz, M.A.

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Since 2004 Lori has worked as an Instructional Technologist in Los Angeles, CA. She has a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from San Diego State University and is certified by isafe.org as an Internet Safety Specialist. In September 2008 Lori founded Cyber Education Consultants and began speaking to students, parents, and educators about Internet safety, security and ethics.  Since that time Lori has reached out to Internet users across the world!  Her mission is simple- to help bridge the gap between a young generation of digital natives and their parents and teachers. 

Today, Cyber Education Consultants provides workshops, professional development and consulting services to more than 100 schools across the country.

Lori is an educator, mother, and Internet safety expert.  She has appeared on the "Dr. Phil Show," "Today," "HLN," “Dr. Drew” and several other local news and radio programs (including the Ryan Seacrest show on KIIS FM).  She often lectures live, speaking to parents, teachers and students. Lori has been published in several areas including as an online expert for momlogic.com and kidsinthehouse.org.  Most recently was featured in Rachel Simmons’ new edition of “Odd Girl Out” and Lucie Hemmen’s, Ph.D “Parenting a Teen Girl.” She is currently working with the “I Have a Plan” series to develop a children’s book on online safety.  Her insight comes from both her professional and personal life working with children, tweens and teens.  

 

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