March is colorectal cancer awareness month — a time to look at the new role of genetics in preventing and treating a common form of cancer that often runs in families. Physician-researchers within Mayo Clinic’s Hereditary Cancer Clinic are seeking to usher in a new era of identification and prevention for those with inherited risk of cancer. With support from the Center for Individualized Medicine, they are offering DNA blood testing to all patients with colon, breast, ovarian, prostate, brain and other cancers. The goal is to identify patients with genetic mutations that are putting them and their families at increased risk for cancer and respond with a proactive, individualized approach. Read the rest of the article on the Center for Individualized Medicine blog.
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