Genetic Testing

Getting Tested For The 'Breast Cancer Genes'

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

The genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 (aka the breast cancer genes) have made headlines over the past few years with the help of some major celebrities. All of that attention has doubled the number of referrals to cancer genetics in Canadian hospitals such as Sunnybrook.

This is What I Tell Patients Asking if They're Genetically Prone to Cancer

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

As a genetics counsellor, one of the most frequently asked questions I hear is, "Can I have a genetic test to see if I am predisposed to cancer?" The short answer: maybe.

B.C. Mom Outraged Daughter's Photo Used For Prenatal Testing Ad

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"When I saw with my own eyes... her sweet face on that ugly banner, it broke my heart."

Should Genetic Testing Be Mandatory For Couples?

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Parents

When finding a partner, it’s always important to make sure your personalities and lifestyles are compatible. But in recent years, genetic compatibil...

Canada's Laws Mean Genetic Tests Could Threaten Your Employment

CBC | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Business

Curious about what your DNA might say about your medical future? Genetic tests may tell you if you are more likely to get sick, but taking the tests c...

Proof That the Angelina Jolie Effect Is a Real Thing

Alan Cassels | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Living
Alan Cassels

Certainly women are driven to ask about genetic testing given a strong fear of breast cancer and a strong belief that early testing saves lives, but USPSTF feared many of the new customers lining up for the test would be classified as the "worried well" who would be unlikely to carry the rare genetic mutation and hence would receive no benefit from being screened.

Angelina Jolie May Be a Star, But I Know How She Feels

Andrea Paine | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

I applaud Angelina Jolie for her bravery and willingness to share her experience with the public. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, six years ago, I was not aware of the extent of my family's history with the disease. I know how it feels to be there. And even if you're a movie star, those decisions remain the same.

Cancer Has Made Me Fearless

Andrea Paine | Posted 04.02.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

Being a cancer survivor for over five years now has significantly changed my perspective on life. I don't get stressed as much with situations, even serious ones such as this one, that are out of my control. The former me would probably have crawled under a rock with a blanket by now, a pair of earplugs firmly ensconced in her ears, and a thumb in her mouth.

Want to Lose Weight? Stop Looking For the Fat Gene

Timothy Caulfield | Posted 03.04.2012 | Canada
Timothy Caulfield

I am willing to bet that researchers will never find an all-powerful "fat gene" (or genes) that we can blame for our weight-gain troubles. There will never be a gene therapy that will allow us to eat what we want. Genetic testing is not the answer.