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Your health care provider may refer you to a genetic professional. Universities and medical centers also often have affiliated genetic professionals, or can provide referrals to a genetic professional or genetics clinic. Genetic counseling provides patients and family members the tools to make the right choice in regard to test for a disease or condition.

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    • Achondroplasia A common form of short stature, achondroplasia (dwarfism) is a genetic condition causing a disorder of bone growth. Complications...learn more »
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      Achondroplasia Article
      • Achondroplasia facts
      • What is achondroplasia?
      • What are the characteristics of achondroplasia?
      • How is achondroplasia diagnosed?
      • What can be done for patients with achondroplasia?
      • How is achondroplasia inherited?
      • What if someone with achondroplasia has children?
      • What if two people with achondroplasia have children?
      • What gene causes achondroplasia?
    • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease) is a neurological disease that progresses rapidly. The disease attacks...learn more »
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      Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Article
      • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis facts*
      • What is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?
      • Who gets ALS?
      • What are the symptoms of ALS?
      • How is ALS diagnosed?
      • What causes ALS?
      • How is ALS treated?
      • What research is being done on ALS?
      • How can I help research for ALS?
      • Where can I get more information about ALS?
    • Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is an inherited disorder that may cause liver and lung disease in adults. Signs and symptoms...learn more »
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      Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Article
      • What is alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of lung disease caused by alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?
      • How common is alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?
      • What genes are related to alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?
      • How do people inherit alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?
      • Where can I find information about treatment for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?
      • What other names do people use for alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency?
    • Breast Cancer Breast cancer is an invasive tumor that develops in the mammary gland. Breast cancer is detected via mammograms, breast...learn more »
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      Breast Cancer Article
      • Breast cancer facts
      • What is breast cancer?
      • What are the different types of breast cancer?
      • What are the statistics on male breast cancer?
      • What causes breast cancer?
      • What are breast cancer risk factors?
      • What are breast cancer symptoms and signs?
      • How do physicians diagnose breast cancer?
      • How are breast cancer stages determined? What are breast cancer survival rates by stage?
      • What is the treatment for breast cancer?
      • Is it possible to prevent breast cancer?
      • What research is being done on breast cancer? Is it worthwhile to participate in a clinical trial?
      • I may have breast cancer, what questions should I ask my doctor?
      • Is the doctor sure I have breast cancer?
      • What type of breast cancer do I have?
      • What difference does a precise diagnosis make?
      • What has been done to exclude cancer in other areas of the same breast or in my other breast?
      • What type of medical team do I need for the most accurate diagnosis?
      • Is my family history relevant to my breast cancer diagnosis?
      • What other studies should be done on my breast tissue biopsy?
      • How urgent is it that I make decisions and begin treatment?
      • Should I stop taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT)?
      • Even though my breast tumor does not have hormone receptors, should I take tamoxifen to reduce the risk of a new tumor?
      • I have a ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a type of localized cancer. Why have I been advised to have a mastectomy when other women with invasive cancer have lumpectomies?
      • Should I start chemotherapy before surgery?
      • If I am advised to have a mastectomy, what are the risks and benefits of immediate breast reconstruction?
      • Should my lymph nodes be removed?
      • What is a sentinel lymph node biopsy, and what are its benefits and risks?
      • Are there any other questions I should ask my doctor?
    • Colon Cancer Colon cancer is a malignancy that arises from the inner lining of the colon. Most, if not all, of these cancers develop from...learn more »
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      Colon Cancer Article
      • Colon cancer facts
      • What is cancer?
      • What is cancer of the colon and rectum?
      • What are the causes of colon cancer?
      • What are the symptoms of colon cancer?
      • What tests can be done to detect colon cancer?
      • How can colon cancer be prevented?
      • What are the treatments and survival for colon cancer?
      • What is the follow-up care for colon cancer?
      • What does the future hold for patients with colorectal cancer?
    • Gaucher Disease Gaucher disease is caused by an inherited (genetic) defect in an enzyme glucocerebroside. Signs fo Gaucher disease include...learn more »
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      Gaucher Disease Article
      • Gaucher disease facts*
      • What is Gaucher disease?
      • How common is Gaucher disease?
      • Who is at risk for Gaucher disease?
      • What are the major signs and symptoms of Gaucher disease?
      • What genes are related to Gaucher disease?
      • How do people inherit Gaucher disease?
      • What is the treatment for Gaucher disease?
      • Why should I talk to my family about Gaucher disease?
      • How are families affected by Gaucher disease?
      • Why is it important to let my family know I have Gaucher disease?
      • How do I talk to my family about Gaucher disease?
      • How do I prepare to talk to my family about Gaucher disease?
      • Conversation starters
      • What should I do if my family does not want to talk about Gaucher disease?
      • Where can I find more about management for Gaucher disease?
      • What other names do people use for Gaucher disease?

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