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This week: cancer genetic counseling, exercise during pregnancy

Most cancers are not hereditary, but in cases where a patient or their doctor believes they may be at risk for a cancer that is inherited from family members, genetic counseling may be of use.

In this "HealthLink on Air" episode, Upstate Cancer Center genetic counselor Jason Shandler explains how cancer risk is assessed, the different types of mutations, and whether you can gain relevant information from commercial DNA testing services. He also talks about genetic concerns with breast, ovarian, prostate and pancreatic cancers.

Also on the show, Danielle Marino tells about her research into which exercise approach is best during pregnancy. Marino is a doctor of physical therapy and a postdoctoral associate in the department of physical therapy education at Upstate. Her project compares mothers-to-be who participate in supervised group exercise with those who exercise at home. Women who volunteer for the study receive a Polar Ignite watch that tracks heart rate and sleep. Learn more by emailing Marino at marinod@upstate.edu or calling 315-481-6013.