The National Gene Test Fund provides a resource to encourage discussion, action and funding of genetic testing for those people who are at high risk for genetically transmitted diseases and are willing to take preventative measures, but cannot afford the prohibitive costs of such testing.
Blog Posted November 16, 2009
In July of 2003 at the age of 52, my mother, Cissy Hart, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Despite the fact that her mother died of ovarian and breast cancers also at the age of 52, this news came as a huge shock to my mother and our family. My mother was enrolled in a high-risk ultrasound study to detect such cancers and had been tested only six months prior with no concern. In addition, my mother had been told by a doctor in the 1970’s that my grandmother developed her cancer due to hormones given to her, therefore my mom never believed there was much of a hereditary risk. Detection of My Mother’s Ovarian Cancer In the spring of 2003, my mother began to complain of kidney pain. Her urologist detected kidney stones in an X-ray and began treatment. He explained that she had...
News Posted November 19, 2009
GENE TESTING SPURS DECLINE OF SOME DIRE DISEASES Gene mutations can pass silently for generations until two carriers mate; then children have a one-in-four chance of getting the disease. Some of mankind’s most devastating inherited diseases appear to be declining, and a few have nearly disappeared, because more people are using genetic testing to decide whether to have children. Births of babies with cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs and other less familiar disorders have dropped since testing came into wider use, The Associated Press found from a review of studies and interviews with numerous geneticists and other experts.