#159 Black Cancer Genes on Breast Cancer


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In honor of breast cancer awareness month, Kira Dineen is joined by two representatives from Black Cancer Genes, Erika Stallings and Dena Goldberg (aka DenaDNA).

Erika Stallings is an attorney, writer and BRCA awareness advocate. In June 204 she learned that she carried a BRCA2 gene mutation, a hereditary cancer mutation that causes up to an 85% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. In December 2014 she underwent a preventative double mastectomy which lowered her risk of breast cancer to less than 5%.

Dena Goldberg Linder, MS, CGC (DenaDNA) is a licensed and board certified genetic counselor. She attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana for her undergraduate studies where she worked in a Molecular Anthropology lab studying ancestry genetics. Dena graduated from the Genetic Counseling Graduate program at UC Irvine. She worked at the UCSF Cancer Genetics and Prevention Program for four years as the Gordon and Betty Moore Endowed Counselor of Hereditary GI Cancer Prevention. Dena recently left this full time role to pursue Dena DNA and sees patients through Genome Medical. You can also hear her on episode 155 of DNA Today discussing genetic counseling grad school.

On This Episode We Discuss:

Black Cancer Genes

Genetic testing for breast cancer

Breast cancer risk among BRCA1/2 carriers

Racial disparities in breast cancer diagnosis

Genes prevalent in the black community

Raising awareness about genetic counseling in the black community

To learn more about Black Cancer Genes, visit their website. You can check out Erica’s work on Twitter and Instagram, and see what Dena is up to on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

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