Genetic counseling podcast: Larissa Risty talks about cancer

Genetic counseling is an important tool that can help pinpoint whether hereditary factors may exist among family members. It can also determine what kinds of cancer a person might be at a higher risk of getting in the future, along with types of screenings that may be most appropriate.

Larissa Risty, senior genetic counselor at Sanford Health, shares information on the importance of these tools. One example is the Athena screening questionnaire as it relates to breast health.

Learning of hereditary factors can make it valuable though challenging to talk with family members about sensitive health topics. Risty offers some simple tips to approach sensitive conversations that can be helpful to learning more about earlier generations of your family.

Learn more about genetic counseling in this podcast edition of “A Better You,” which airs Saturday mornings on KSOO-AM. This program originally aired December 2017.

Sanford Health is one of the largest health care systems in the nation, with 44 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries.

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