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.
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.