Information is Power

At Kailos, we believe that information is power. Giving people the knowledge to understand their health risks through genetic testing is at the heart of everything we do. We also strongly believe in the power of community, and are proud to continue supporting the Information is Power campaign that offers free or reduced cost genetic cancer risk testing for people in our community of Northern Alabama.

Kailos Genetics, in partnership with HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, is expanding the Information is Power program. Beginning on November 8, 2018, the program will provide free genetic cancer risk testing for all 28 to 30-year-old women and men in the counties of Madison, Jackson, Limestone, Marshall and Morgan, regardless of family history. The free/discounted tests will be available here on the Kailos website for one full year, until November 6, 2019. The Russel Hill Foundation has given funding to help continue the initiative.

Additionally, Kailos and HudsonAlpha are offering inherited cancer screening at a discounted price of $129 for anyone over the age of 19 who lives in Madison, Jackson, Limestone, Marshall and Morgan counties. You also have the opportunity to GIFT a test to someone you know or give one to someone without the means to order their own test. (Go to hudsonalpha.org/gift for more information). Your genes never change, so the earlier you can take the test and understand your own DNA, the more impact and control you can have over your own health.

 


About the test

The Kailos hereditary cancer screening test can tell you if you carry the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations that are strong risk signs for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. It also looks for changes in 30 additional genes, including APC, ATM, BARD1, BMPR1A, BRIP1, CDH1, CDKN2A, CHEK2, EPCAM, FH, FLCN, MLH1, MRE11A, MSH2, MSH6, MUTYH, NBN, PALB2, PMS2, PTEN, RAD50, RAD51C, RAD51D, RINT1, SDHB, SMAD4, STK11, TP53, VHL, and XRCC2, to provide information about risks related to breast, ovarian, colon and endometrial (uterine) cancers. You can learn more about our BRCA screenings and what the test can tell you here.

  • Free screening –  women and men who are 28 to 30 years old living in Madison, Morgan, Marshall, Jackson or Limestone Counties. A test is $0.
  • Discounted screening – men and women who are 19+ living in Madison, Morgan, Marshall, Jackson or Limestone Counties. A test is $129.
  • Gifting a screening test – Give the gift of information to your friends and family. The only two states that don’t qualify are New York and Maryland. A test is $129.

For free cancer risk screening you must meet the following requirements:

  • Female or male living in Madison, Morgan, Marshall, Jackson or Limestone County, Alabama during the time of testing (Nov 8, 2018 – Nov 6, 2019)
  • Be 28 to 30 years of age during the program - born between November 8th, 1988 – November 8th, 1990
  • Provide a copy of your driver’s license or other valid verification of age and address
  • Have a valid email address for receiving notices regarding your test results

       (Proof of Age & Residency will be required)

For reduced price ($129) cancer screening you must meet the following requirements:

  • Female or male living in Madison, Morgan, Marshall, Jackson or Limestone County, Alabama during the time of testing
  • Be 19 years of age or older when tested
  • Have a valid email address for receiving notices regarding your test results

For a Gifted Test you must meet the following requirements:

  • Female or male not living in New York or Maryland
  • Be 19 years of age or older when tested
  • Have a valid email address for receiving notices regarding your test results
If you don’t have the means for testing, contact us directly via email support@kailosgenetics.com with your any request. If funds have been raised, these requests can be fulfilled through the initiative.

Do you qualify?

Information is Power Discount Eligibility
(Proof of Age & Residency will be required)

$225 $225

Kailos Genetics, in collaboration with HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and Russell Hill Foundation, wants to help the people in our community live healthier, longer lives. We believe it’s important to know your hereditary risks so we have created the “Information is Power” campaign to empower our friends, neighbors, and family in Madison, Morgan, Marshall, Jackson and Limestone County, Alabama, where we live and work.

If you are over the age of 19, female or male, living in Madison, Morgan, Marshall, Jackson or Limestone County, Alabama, you are eligible for discounted testing. If you are a 28 to 30-year-old woman or man living in these counties, you are eligible for a free test. Our ultimate goal is to take the next step toward population-wide genetic testing so everyone can have access to information about their genes.
This year, the test includes all 28 through 30-year-old men and women in North Alabama, including Madison, Morgan, Marshall, Jackson and Limestone County. Discounted testing to men and women 19 years or older is still available in these counties. This year there is an option to gift a test to a loved one, in all states except New York and Maryland. Go to hudsonalpha.org/gift for more information.
In 2014, Dr. Mary-Claire King (the scientist who discovered the BRCA mutations) challenged the city of Huntsville to take a step toward population-wide genetic testing. While this is was the spark for initiating the campaign, the reason to test women and men in this age range is that those who are found to have BRCA mutations should start screening – such as mammograms – much earlier, around 28-30 years of age.

Taking the test is simple—you rub a cotton swab across the inside of your cheek. You don’t have to give blood and there are no needles involved. From there, you will simply mail the sample back to us and receive your results in 10 days. Learn more about what’s involved on The Kailos Process page.

You can contact us directly via email support@kailosgenetics.com or via telephone 256-327-9800 with any inquiries.

Give the gift of information.

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology needs your help to ensure that all men and women who want to access this test will be able to learn their risk for cancer. Please consider making a charitable gift to the HudsonAlpha Foundation to support this initiative. Your support can provide potentially life-saving information.

Click here to donate a test to someone in need

Thank you.