Ask the Experts Series: A Family Affair: When Cancer Runs in the Family
Lynch Syndrome: Get the Facts about this Hereditary Cancer Syndrome
In this informative web chat, genetic counselor, Megan Myers, discusses what Lynch syndrome is, how you can learn if you have Lynch syndrome, and the things you can do to help prevent or reduce your cancer risks associated with Lynch syndrome.
Megan Myers is a genetic counselor in the Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Clinic, a part of the Cancer Risk Program at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Ms. Myers identifies families who are at high risk for hereditary cancer syndromes and provides recommendations to prevent and detect cancer at an early stage, and recommendations for screening and surgeries to prevent or detect cancers that have genetic links. She also provides support to families undergoing genetic risk assessments.
Ms. Myers is involved in the development and implementation of social media tools that help families better communicate and share their genetic information with other at-risk family members. Her most current project, Kintalk.org, is a novel web based family communication and educational tool for families with Lynch syndrome. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Genetics at the University of California, Davis and a Master’s of Science in Genetic Counseling at California State University, Stanislaus. She earned an advanced certificate in Social Media Marketing at the University of San Francisco. Before joining the staff of Cancer Risk Program in 2007, she was a volunteer at UCSF for two years. When not working on Kintalk Ms. Myers enjoys running, the great out doors and spending time with friends and family. Click here to learn more about Ms. Myers.
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