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Sometimes cancer runs in families and a higher-than-average risk for certain cancers can be passed on generation to generation. Doctors are beginning to tailor treatments based on genetics, but first, but they need to know if a cancer is hereditary.
Carlette Knox participated in one of WHYY's community courses which teach adults to tell their own stories. Check out the video she produced about her family and decision to pursue genetic testing at Fox Chase Cancer Center.