Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer: What you need to know about risk

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A Family Affair: When Cancer Runs in the Family

In this informative web chat, Megan Myers, M.S. discusses hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) syndrome risk, genetic testing, and cancer prevention strategies.

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,, is a novel web based family communication and educational tool for families with hereditary cancers. She earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Genetics at the University of California, Davis and a Masters of Science in GeneticCounseling 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 outdoors and spending time with friends and family. Click here to learn more about Ms. Myers.

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