Genetics media stories don't always paint the whole picture
TORONTO, Nov. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - From A-list celebrities to hit movie
biopics - faulty genes are causing quite the hype. But there is more
to these stories. Genetic testing is a process that can be complicated
and emotional. Genetic counsellors help people make sense of it all.
Although consistently featured as a 'hot job of the future' a recent
study found that most people have never heard of a genetic counsellor.
From November 17-23, 2013 the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CAGC) is campaigning
to increase awareness about their little known profession, by hosting
events across Canada and sharing multi-media content developed
specifically for the public.
Genetic Counsellors specialize in medical genetics and counselling. In
everyday life they meet individuals and families to talk about genetic
diseases and how they run in families. They assess a person's risk of
inheriting or passing on a known disease in their family. They talk
about options for genetic testing and provide support during the
complicated genetic testing process.
"With all the media coverage that high-profile stories are getting these
days, genetics is more visible for the public than ever," says Julie
Rutberg, President of the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors.
"We want Canadians to know that the genetic counselling profession is
dedicated to helping people better understand an often confusing,
scientific and emotional subject."
To learn more about Genetic Counselling Awareness Week, visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/canadianassociationofgeneticcounsellors or follow us on Twitter @CAGC_ACCG.
About the Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors The Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors was incorporated in 1990
with the goal of promoting high standards of practice, facilitating and
supporting professional growth, and increasing public awareness of the
genetic counselling profession in Canada. The CAGC administers the
Canadian Certification examination for genetic counsellors and provides
continuing education opportunities for its members. CAGC is the leading
voice for genetic counsellors in Canada and represents the primary
source for issues relating to the genetic counselling profession in
this country. The CAGC currently has over 260 members, and includes both Canadian-based and international genetic
counsellors. For more information about the CAGC, or to find a genetics
clinic in your area, visit http://www.cagc-accg.ca/.
Image with caption: "Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors (CNW Group/Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131120_C9025_PHOTO_EN_33587.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Association of Genetic Counsellors
For further information:
Jeanna McCuaig, MSc, CGC
Genetic Counsellor, Princess Margaret Hospital
416-946-4501 x 3395
Kristen Miller, MSc, CGC, CCGC
Genetic Counsellor, North York General Hospital
416-756-6000 x 4831