Information is Power
In 2020, nearly 30,000 Alabama men and women will be diagnosed with cancer, and more than 10,000 will die from the disease. The Information is Power campaign facilitated through the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has offered free or reduced-cost hereditary cancer risk testing to our community of Northern Alabama in collaboration with Kailos Genetics since 2015. The initiative continues this year thanks to the generosity of the Russel Hill Foundation.
Sample collection is easy and painless. Simply rub the inside of your cheek
with the sterile swab included in the collection kit and mail the swabs
to Kailos Genetics in the provided envelope. Results are released
to you and your physician within two weeks of sample receipt.
Genes Included in the Expedio™ Hereditary Cancer Screening Service
Genetic variations screened in the Expedio™ Hereditary Cancer Screening Service are associated with an increased risk of developing breast, endocrine, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecologic, hematologic, nervous system, soft tissue, bone, and/or skin cancers.
You also have the opportunity to gift a screening test to someone you know or someone in the U.S. without the means to order their own.* Go to hudsonalpha.org/gift for more information. (*Individuals with New York or Maryland mailing addresses are not eligible.)
Who qualifies for free or special pricing?
All individuals between the ages of 28 and 30 (born between 11/9/1989 and 11/6/1992) residing in the Alabama counties of Madison, Jackson, Limestone, Marshall or Morgan qualify for free ExpedioTM Hereditary Cancer Screening. Residents of these counties that are 19 years of age or older but outside the 28 to 30 year age range receive discounted pricing of $129. You must provide a copy of your driver’s license or other valid verification of age and address, a valid email address and your physician’s name and contact information for test authorization.
Kailos Genetics, in collaboration with the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and the Russell Hill Foundation, wants to help the people in our community live longer, healthier lives. We created the Information is Power campaign to empower our friends, neighbors, and family in northern Alabama with hereditary cancer risk information that can facilitate earlier cancer detection and treatment.
If you are over the age of 19 and live in Madison, Morgan, Marshall, Jackson or Limestone County, Alabama, you are eligible for free or discounted testing. Our goal is to take the next step toward population-wide genetic testing, which would allow every individual to access their own personal genetic information.
This year, the campaign reduces the testing price for all individuals 19 years of age or older in Madison, Morgan, Marshall, Jackson and Limestone Counties. This year there is also an option to gift a test to individuals in all states except New York and Maryland. Go to www.hudsonalpha.org/gift for more information.
Taking the test is as simple as rubbing a cotton swab across the inside of your cheek--there are no blood draws or needles involved. Simply mail the cotton swabs back to us using the prepaid envelope and your testing results will be available within ten days of sample receipt. Learn more about the testing process on our Science page.
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Your physician will receive your results approximately two days before you do, providing them an opportunity to review your test results ahead of time. If a genetic variation is found, your physician will discuss your options with you. You may also be contacted by or referred to a certified genetic counselor to discuss what your genetic variation may mean for your health.