Meet Genetic Counselor Joyce Turner, MS, CGC
I am a genetic counselor and a breast cancer survivor who encourages women with a family history of breast cancer to explore genetic counseling and testing.
Helping Women Understand Their Risk
I guide my patients to understand their family health history. I ask them if any close relatives (on mom’s or dad’s side) have had cancer, what type of cancer, and how old they were when they were diagnosed.
I then help them decide if genetic testing is right for them. If my patients choose to get tested, I explain their results. If they are at high risk for breast cancer, I help them make a plan to manage their risk.
Genetic counselor Joyce Turner, MSC, CGC, explains how family history of breast cancer may indicate inherited changes in genes that increase your personal risk for breast cancer.
My Own Breast Cancer Experience
From my professional training, I knew that I had an increased risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer because of my Ashkenazi Jewish heritage and family cancer history.
After having children, I decided to get genetic counseling and testing. My genetic test results did not find any gene mutations known to increase breast cancer risk.
However, I was diagnosed with breast cancer one year later, at age 35. After undergoing treatment and surgery to remove my breasts, I am now cancer-free.
As a genetic counselor, I empower women to learn about their cancer risk and take action, even if they can’t control what’s in their genes.
Videos from a Genetic Counselor
Genetic counselor Joyce Turner, MSC, CGC, explains that if you have a family history of breast cancer, it is important to speak with a genetic counselor or a health professional who can talk to you about your personal risk of developing breast cancer.
Genetic counselor Joyce Turner, MSC, CGC, provides an overview of BRCA genes and their relationship to breast and ovarian cancer. She explains how each of us inherits BRCA genes from our parents, the role of those genes and what happens if we inherit a gene mutation. She also talks about how genetic counseling and testing can give a woman information she can use to make decisions about her health.
Genetic counselor Joyce Turner, MSC, CGC, explains how family history of breast cancer may indicate inherited changes in genes that increase your personal risk for breast cancer. She offers action steps you can take if you have concerns about your personal risk of breast cancer.