With a crazy presidential election and all the activity and drama in the White House, you may not have heard of Proclamation 9581, which on March 31st declared the month of April as National Cancer Control Month.
I will be honest and admit, I never quite understood what whole genome sequencing was until I tried it. I provided a sample of my saliva and waited about two months for the results. At the end of the two-month period, I received hundreds of user-friendly reports that provided me with genetic information in a myriad of areas.
September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. In the U.S. this year, an estimated 22,280 women will receive an ovarian cancer diagnosis, and 14,240 women will die of it, according to the American Cancer Society. It is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women.
After a diagnosis of cancer comes the discussion of treatment options. The patient contemplates trying chemotherapy or radiation therapy, but wonders whether these treatment options will work. After all, they do come with a lot of collateral damage. For some people, the treatment causes more trouble than if the growth was just left untreated. Meanwhile, others respond quite well to the treatment. So, how is a patient to know which category he or she will fall into?
A man was in an auto accident that left his right leg shattered. Over the next 4+ years, he faced relentless leg and back pain. Despite taking strong pain killers and increasing the dosages, his pain was still bad enough to rate it a 10 on a 10-point scale. It got to the point where the dosage could only be increased so much, and trying various other medications proved futile. That’s when doctors suggested genetic testing. What they found changed everything.
Our current health care system has sometimes been criticized for addressing the symptoms of various diseases as opposed to treating the root cause. And many bright minds have tried to find root causes of diseases since the beginning of time. While many brilliant discoveries have been made, root causes of diseases are often multifold and complex, and what exactly the root cause is may vary, depending on who you ask!
Ever wonder about your genetic ancestry? Your risk for inherited diseases? Why your sibling has depression, but you don’t? For the first time, these answers and more are at your fingertips. pH Labs has partnered with Genomics Personalized Health to take genomic testing out of the research lab and into your hands. Genomics Personalized Health is the first in the world to offer direct-to-consumer whole genome testing, and pH Labs is the first to bring it to you in Los Angeles County.
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