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Free cancer genetic risk testing available to adults 28-30 in five counties

People under 28 or over 30 in Madison, Morgan, Marshall, Jackson and Limestone counties can get reduced pricing on tests.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is offering cancer genetic risk testing to all adults in Madison, Morgan, Marshall, Jackson and Limestone counties.

The test is free for people ages 28-30 and available at a reduced cost to others.

HudsonAlpha says that they have reached capacity for the free-for-all-adults testing program.

According to HudsonAlpha, the free test offered by Kailos Genetics screens for the well-known BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, as well as several dozen other genes linked to breast, ovarian, colon, prostate, pancreatic, and other cancers. 

The testing is offered through the Information is Power initiative, established in 2015 for people interested in learning more about their cancer risk. 

If you want to learn more about genetic testing for cancer risk, HudsonAlpha, the Princess Theatre, and  Decatur Morgan Women's Healthcare are holding a free virtual event July 15 at noon. Cancer researcher, Sara Cooper, PhD, and genetic counselor, Veronica Greve, will discuss the latest in cancer research and genetic testing. 

You're also eligible to win a free test, regardless of age, a free test, if you register to attend the virtual event on July 15.

To join the virtual event, register here.

To order a test for yourself or someone else, click here.

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