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NSGC Statement on Texas SB 8

9.3.2021

Texas SB 8 is a direct attack on abortion access. We oppose this and any legislation that violates the patient-provider relationship and disproportionately affects underserved and under-resourced communities. All healthcare providers, including genetic counselors, should be able to deliver patient-centered care without fear of retribution.  Genetic counselors are bound by our code of ethics, which requires that we provide patients with complete and unbiased information.  We stand by our position statement on reproductive freedom, which supports the right of all individuals to make reproductive choices, including access to safe abortion.
 
We encourage genetic counselors to speak with their risk management/legal teams at their institutions for further guidance. We are working with local chapters and national organizations to provide support to genetic counselors whose practice is affected by SB 8.

 

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NSGC President Gillian Hooker Interviewed on Spark Podcast

8.5.2020

NSGC President, Gillian Hooker, was interviewed by radio and podcast host Kellee Marlow about the exploding interest in genetic testing. Listen to the podcast HERE.

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NSGC Media Placements from Q4 2018

1.29.2019

A Safe Prenatal Genetic Test Is Gaining Popularity with Young Moms-To-Be and Their Doctors - The Washington Post

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NSGC Responds to U.S. Food and Drug Administration Approval of Direct-to-Consumer Cancer Test that Reports Three BRCA Mutations

4.19.2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the marketing of 23andMe Personal Genome Service Genetic Health Risk Report for BRCA1/BRCA2 on March 6, 2018. This is the first direct-to-consumer (DTC) test to report on three specific breast cancer gene mutations most common in people of Ashkenazi (Ea

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MTHFR Gene Mutation: What You Need to Know

11.1.2017

NSGC Ethics and Clinical Genetics Expert Laura Hercher discusses what you need to know about the MTHFR gene mutation and why it’s important to see a genetic counselor when considering this type of testing.

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After 3 of My Family Members Died of Breast Cancer, I Got a Double Mastectomy at 25

11.1.2017

NSGC's Find a Genetic Counselor tool is included in an article about patient Lacey Prestay's experience with genetic counseling and facing her BRCA diagnosis. Lacey worked with genetic counselor Sumedha Ghate, and her story originally published on the NSGC blog.   

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7 New Breast Cancer Prevention Steps

11.1.2017

NSGC president Mary Freivogel discusses who should consider having genetic testing for the BRCA gene mutation. This article also appeared in the October print issue. READ MORE.

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Are Online Health Risk Calculators Reliable?

11.1.2017

NSGC cancer expert and past president Joy Larsen Haidle is interviewed in an article about how those carrying a genetic predisposition for a disease can reduce risk factors. READ MORE.

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Genetic Counseling: Is it right for me?

11.1.2017

NSGC member Arlene Colvin is interviewed in an article about how and when an individual should consider visiting a genetic counselor. READ MORE.

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The Best DNA Testing Kits of 2017

11.1.2017

In an article about at-home DNA testing kits, NSGC ancestry expert Brianne Kirkpatrick explains what people should consider before undergoing genetic testing and available resources, such as a genetic counselor. READ MORE.

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