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Cancer nurse navigator applauds ban of smokeless tobacco at some Major League Baseball stadiums

For decades in the early 1900s, tobacco advertisements and use of tobacco products by Major League Baseball players was commonplace.

However, in the early 1950s, as smoking’s correlation to lung cancer become more well-known, the commissioner of baseball prohibited all players from advertising with tobacco companies while in uniform. From there, it proceeded to players and coaches being banned from utilizing cigarettes while in uniform.

Why genetic counseling — and not just genetic testing — is important

genetic counseling and testing

While genetic testing for cancer risk assessment is becoming more and more prevalent, counseling prior to testing is only occurring in approximately 37 percent of cases according to a recent study in The ASCO Post, a publication affiliated with the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Genetic testing is far from providing concrete answers; therefore, it’s imperative to have the appropriate counseling and education prior to undergoing genetic testing. 

Why is counseling so important?

Prostate cancer diagnoses dip, but still important for men to discuss PSA screening with their doctor

prostate cancer research

A recent study released by the American Cancer Society found that far fewer men in the United States are being diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer and screened for the disease.

This may have occurred as a result of recommendations made by an influential panel which recommended against routine screening in men ages 75 and older in 2008, and then for men of all ages in 2012. The changes were made on the grounds that the benefits of screening likely don’t outweigh the harms. 

Cancer genetic testing: What to expect

If you have decided to have cancer genetic testing to find out your risk of developing cancer in the future, you may have lots of questions.

Individuals will meet with a clinical nurse specialist from Via Christi’s Cancer Outreach and Risk Assessment Program

Prior to your first appointment, you will be sent a health history questionnaire asking for very specific information on three generations of family history of cancer. The questionnaire will need to be completed and returned one week prior to your appointment. 

Who should consider getting a cancer risk assessment?

Cancer risk assessment isn’t just about genetic testing. It actually allows you to look at your family history, for at least three generations, of what cancers have occurred and at what ages they were diagnosed.

Just because you have a strong family history of cancer, doesn’t mean you should have genetic testing. 

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