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HudsonAlpha expands the Information is Power Initiative

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is offering free genetic cancer risk testing for 30-year-olds in North Alabama for a second year—expanding both the geography and participants for the free community initiative. A generous donation from Redstone Federal Credit Union provided the means to expand the initiative.

What is the Information is Power genetic test?

The test, developed and offered by Kailos Genetics, tests the well-known BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes and looks at about two dozen genes linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer, as well as other diseases including colorectal and prostate cancer.

A simple cheek swab could help empower you to make important healthcare decisions for you and your family. A positive test doesn’t necessarily mean you will acquire cancer, and a negative test doesn’t mean you will be cancer-free. However, with the results of the test, you along with your physician can make the right choices for you. Remember, what you learn about your own genes, also has potential impact on your family members. Genes are inherited, so the information you learn could be meaningful for daughters and nieces, mothers and aunts, fathers and sons. Men are not immune from breast cancer, and the genes included in the test are meaningful for both women and men.


One in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. This year alone, more than 300,000 cases will be diagnosed. Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women, because it can be difficult to diagnose early. At HudsonAlpha, our scientists are working to better understand these cancers and how they develop and spread, so we can diagnose earlier and develop more effective therapies. But today, women and men continue to be affected by these cancers, which is why we launched Information is Power.

When and where are the genetic tests available?

Beginning October 29, 2016, and for one year, any 30-year- old woman or man in Madison, Jackson, Limestone, Marshall and Morgan County may be tested for FREE.

The test also is being offered at a reduced cost of $129 to adults 19 and over in those five counties.

Please share this information with your family and friends. Learn more together: Information is power.

They’re counting on you… get tested today.

For more information:

Email: informationispower@hudsonalpha.org

Or call: 256-327- 0510.

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