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Getting a leg up on cancer is possible

Genetic counselor Carolyn Wilson understood why patient Sana Rogers had been so concerned about breast cancer. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Genetic counselor Carolyn Wilson understood why patient Sana Rogers had been so concerned about breast cancer.

"As of about a year ago, I found out somebody really close to me had been diagnosed," Rogers said. "With my culture, I'm Russian, there's not a lot of open conversation about what's going on."

"The best people to consider testing are people who have a family history of cancer, especially if cancer is at young ages, if you see cancer in multiple generations or a rare type of cancer -- like a man with breast cancer," Wilson added.

Rogers wanted to put her finger on it once and for all and find out if she was at higher risk for breast and ovarian cancers.

So, she took the test at Mission Health's Fullerton Genetics in Asheville and the results have her taking action.

"It has encouraged me to go to breast screening earlier than I would have otherwise, and it has encouraged me and my husband to have discussions about having children, which we haven't had before," Rogers said.

"Identifying people who have cancer at the earliest most treatable stages is when we can can do the most for them for survivability," explained Wilson.

"I have a regular doctor I see now for checkups." Rogers emphasized. "So far, so good."

And with a help of a counselor, she's armed with information to begin the fight against cancer before it starts.


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