Free gene testing for cancer risk expands in North Alabama

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala – A local STEM company is providing families the opportunity to learn more about their risks for cancer before they actually get it.

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is working with a local genetics lab to test patients for breast, ovarian and colon cancers. The testing is free!

This is part of HudsonAlpha’s “Information is Power” initiative. It’s a hereditary cancer screening program. Recently, it has been expanded to test patients 19 years of age or older who live in Madison, Marshall, Morgan, Limestone and Jackson counties. The first 500 qualifying customers will receive free tests.

HudsonAlpha Genetic Counselor Victoria Greve said the testing is all about prevention.

“This information can be scary,” said Greve. “We understand that. But the goal isn’t to alarm people for an increase for cancer. It’s really to identify the people at increased risk to make sure they got cancer screenings that are right for them.”

According to HudsonAlpha, more than 4,500 people have taken the test. To order or gift a test, click here.

To learn more about testing, HudsonAlpha is hosting a free virtual event on July 15 at noon. The event is sponsored by the Princess Theatre and Decatur Morgan Women’s Healthcare. Individuals are eligible to win a free test, regardless of age, if they register to attend. To register, click here.

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