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Posted by Marietta on October 04, 2000 at 13:32:45:

Please join us for a live chat at DNA.com with special guest Sara L. Tobin, Ph.D. 8pm EST
10.05.00
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer
deaths among women in the United States. In most
cases, doctors cannot explain why a woman develops
breast cancer. Studies show that most women who
develop breast cancer have none of the known risk
factors, other than advancing age. Furthermore, most
women with known risk factors do not get breast cancer.

According to the National Cancer Institute, hereditary
breast cancer makes up about 5 percent to 10 percent of
all breast cancer cases. Several genes have been
identified that are linked to increased risk for both breast and ovarian
cancer.

Dr. Sara Tobin, a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford's Center for
Biomedical Ethics, will tell you what you should know if you have a family
history of breast cancer.

Sara L. Tobin, Ph.D., is a senior research scholar at the Program in
Genomics, Ethics, and Society at Stanford University Center for Biomedical
Ethics, where she studies molecular genetic testing for breast and ovarian
cancer susceptibility. She is also co-editor and author of three chapters in
an upcoming book from Cambridge University Press entitled Genetic Testing
for Breast Cancer: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Testing for Breast
Cancer Susceptibility. Dr. Tobin received her B.S. and Ph.D. in zoology from
the University of Washington, where her studies emphasized developmental
biology and genetics. She earned a Master's of Social Work from the
University of Oklahoma, Norman. She is especially interested in the impact
of genetic testing on individuals and their families, the effects of
technological innovation on society, and the importance of educating
patients so they can make informed choices that are compatible with their
personal values.

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