Pancreatic cancer is a genetic disease caused by changes, or mutations, in our DNA. These changes can be inherited (we’re born with them) or acquired (develop after birth), explaining why pancreatic cancer runs in some families. In fact, those with a family history are more likely to have an inherited gene mutation that increases their risk for pancreatic cancer. So how do we best educate and protect ourselves about our genetic risks?
Join us as we welcome back Dena Goldberg, Genetic Counselor and Founder of DenaDNA and Malibu Genetics Concierge as she takes a deeper dive into the genes and genetics syndromes associated with pancreatic cancer. Dena will discuss:
- The 20 most critical genes with variants that increase the risk for pancreatic cancer
- How inheritable germline mutation differs from having a family history of pancreatic cancer
- Testing and screening programs to assess risk
- Why understanding your risk is essential
About the Speaker:
Dena Goldberg is a licensed and board-certified Genetics Counselor located in Los Angeles. She was the Gordon and Betty Moore Endowed Counselor of Hereditary GI Cancer Prevention at the University of California, San Francisco, where she specialized in gastrointestinal cancer, polyposis, and pancreatitis syndromes. Dena was also part of the UC Pancreas Consortium and is a member of the Collaborative Group of the Americas for Inherited Gastrointestinal Cancers (CGA-IGC).
Dena left her clinical role to work full-time on DenaDNA to spread awareness of medical genetics through media and marketing techniques not typically used by the medical community.