Jessica Lipschutz, a certified genetic counselor at Norwalk Hospital’s Smilow Family Breast Health Center, will talk about genetics and breast cancer on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Wilton Library. Lipshutz will address the post treatment breast cancer support group that meets from 6 to 8 p.m. in the children’s conference room.
She has a master’s degree in human genetics from Sarah Lawrence College and a certification in cancer genetics risk assessment from City of Hope Hospital in California. She has worked at Norwalk Hospital for 11 years offering both prenatal counseling and counseling for hereditary cancer syndromes.
Nina Marino, who leads the group says issues about genetic testing are frequent topics at the meetings. “When there is a family history of cancer, who should be the one to get tested? Sometimes while generations of family members have had cancer, there may be no identifiable gene when they get tested. In that situation, what can you do to try to prevent further cancers?"