Conquering Cancer Together

Importance of Family History/Risk Assessment for Cancer Prevention & Early Detection

  • Thursday, October 21, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom webinar - link included with registration


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 Mission: Conquer Cancer Together

Vision: Connecting people and resources to strengthen cancer prevention, detection and quality of life in Nebraska.


Importance of Family History/Risk Assessment for Cancer Prevention & Early Detection

Thursday, October 21 - 12p-1p CT

About the Webinar: 

Join us for a presentation on the role of genetics in early detection and cancer prevention including family history, risk assessment, insurance coverage and medical managament changes for high-risk patients. We will also hear from a local primary care provider on how they have implemented genetic testing in their practice to increase the quality of care for patients. Finally, learn firsthand how the proactive use of genetic testing has personally impacted a Nebraska family.

 Learning Objectives

  • Define role of genetics in early detection and cancer prevention.
  • Describe methods to implement genetic testing in primary care
  • Relate how genetic testing has a personal impact on patients/family.

About the Speakers

Andrea Pirages, MS, CGC is a certified genetic counselor with Myriad Women’s Health. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2014 with a master’s degree in Genetic Counseling.  Prior to joining Myriad in 2019, she practiced in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Premier Health in Dayton Ohio.  She has expertise in prenatal screening and inherited cancer in her role as a Regional Medical Specialist at Myriad.  Andrea partners with providers and staff on developing and strengthening their clinical genetic knowledge base.

Skyler Jesz, PA-C, is a certified physician assistant with LifeCare Family Medicine in Bellevue, NE. Skyler graduated from Des Moines University in 2017 with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Since then she has been practicing family medicine and enjoys being part of a medical practice that puts patients first and uses the most up-to-date research and recommendations to provide comprehensive and compassionate care. Although she received very little education on hereditary cancer syndromes during her time in school, Skyler became interested in this topic through a friend with a personal connection and passion for genetics. Since then Sklyer has prioritized genetic screening/testing for her patients into her practice.

Brandi Preston's mother, Kamie Preston was only 35 years old when she was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer. Kamie asked each of her children to learn their risk and to be proactive with their health rather than reactive.   On her 19th birthday Brandi had genetic testing and learned that she too carries the BRCA1 mutation.  “BRCA has been a gift, although not wrapped very beautifully; it has given me the ability to take control of my health and encourage others to do the same,” Brandi has said since her prophylactic mastectomy at age 22. She no longer fears suffering from or losing her life to breast cancer, like so many women in her family have. She is the founder of a non-profit organization in memory of her mother, Kamie Preston. The organization aims to raise awareness about hereditary cancer syndromes while improving access to genetic testing. 

Zoom webinar link will be included at the bottom of your registration confirmation email

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