Inherited cancer: It’s in the genes

Cancer is a genetic disease caused by changes to genes that control the way our cells function, especially how they grow and divide. The genetic changes that promote cancer can be inherited or acquired during one’s lifetime, resulting from errors that occur as cells divide due to environmental factors like substances in cigarettes and ionizing radiation. This Line One program will focus on inherited genes and cancer with a focus on inherited genetic risk for breast cancer.


  • Dr. Ellen Provost, survivor of hereditary breast cancer and director of ANTHC Alaska Native Epidemiology Center.
  • Megan Nathan is a cancer genetic counselor at Providence Alaska Medical Center. She works alongside fellow genetic counselor, Maggie Miller, at the Cancer Center to help patients make informed decisions about their DNA and their cancer risk.


Know your risk of Hereditary Cancer:

  1. FORCE – Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered:
  2. Who should consider testing for hereditary cancer?
  3. Sharsheret is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young Jewish women
    and their families facing breast cancer



  • Call 550-8433 (Anchorage) or 1-888-353-5752  (statewide) during the live broadcast (2:00 – 3:00pm)
  • Send email to before, during or after the live broadcast (e-mails may be read on air)
  • Post your comment or question below (comments may be read on air)

LIVE BROADCAST: Monday, October 02, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. AKDT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Monday, October 02, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. AKDT


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