FAQs for participants
HudsonAlpha developed the project to allow individuals in North Alabama access to information about their hereditary cancer risk.
Phase one launched in October 2015, offering the free tests only to women and only in Madison County, Huntsville and Madison. The results from the first year were powerful: more than 1400 people have been screened, and 4% have discovered they test positive for a gene change that increases risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. Half of those individuals would not have been recommended for testing under standard medical guidelines.
Because of the success of the program—and thanks to a generous gift from Redstone Federal Credit Union—the program expanded in 2016 to include both women and men age 30, and to include Limestone, Jackson, Marshall and Morgan Counties.
Redstone Federal Credit Union has again generously provided the means not only to continue the program for a third year, but to expand the age ranges to 28-32.
When and where are the genetic tests available?
Beginning November 8, 2017, and ending November 7, 2018, any woman or man ages 28 to 32 in Madison, Jackson, Limestone, Marshall and Morgan County may be tested for FREE. The test also is being offered at a reduced cost to adults 19 and over in those five counties.
They’re counting on you… get tested today.