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Author Talk - A Cancer in the Family: Take Control of Your Genetic Inheritance

When: Friday, April 12, 2019
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Central

Where: Rebecca Crown Center, Hardin Hall, 633 Clark Street, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free and open to the public

Contact: Penelope Johnson   (847) 467-7464

Group: Chemistry of Life Processes Institute

Category: Lectures & Meetings


There are 13 million people with cancer in the United States. It's estimated that about 1.3 million of these cases are hereditary.

Despite advanced training in cancer genetics and years of practicing medicine, Dr. Theo Ross was never certain whether the history of cancers in her family was simple bad luck or a sign that they were carriers of a cancer­causing genetic mutation. Then she was diagnosed with melanoma, and for someone with a dark complexion, melanoma made no sense. It turned out there was a genetic factor at work.

Join us in welcoming oncologist and cancer gene hunter Theodora Ross, MD, PhD, for a talk about her fascinating book, A Cancer in the Family. Using her own family's story, the latest science of cancer genetics and her experience as a practicing physician, Dr. Ross will tell us how to spot the patterns of inherited cancer, how to get tested for cancer-causing genes and what to do if you have one.
Endorsed by Siddartha Mukherjee, prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies, Dr. Ross's book is the first authoritative go-to for anyone facing inherited cancer.

Sponsored by the Chicago Region Physical-Sciences Oncology Center, National Cancer Institute U54CA193419


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