Information is Power
In 2022, 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. Information is Power uses the Expedio™ Hereditary Cancer Screening Service to review 33 genes for genetic mutations that may increase your risk for cancer.
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 an Information is Power 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 born between 1992 and 1995 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 birthdate 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.
While your job and health insurance are federally protected against discrimination due to your genetic makeup (GINA), there currently are no such protections for life and long term care insurances. Your results could have ramifications in other areas of your life and the decision to have the testing should be made after careful consideration.
Kailos Genetics, in collaboration with the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, 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.
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.
You can contact us directly with any inquiries.
The Expedio™ Hereditary Cancer Testing Service assesses whether or not you are at an increased risk of developing cancer due to inherited changes in your genes. Our test provides your physician with specific information about your genes that can provide great insight into healthcare decisions, such as enhanced screenings, treatments and preventative measures, that may greatly affect your future health and quality of life.
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.