Central Colorado Humanists Sunday Science Februray 4

Central Colorado Humanists Sunday Science press release for Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024:

“Cancer Genetics” will be the topic of the Central Colorado Humanists Sunday Science program for Feb. 4, 2024. Teresa “Tess” Castellano will present a mini-genetic counseling session to define and discuss the differences between, sporadic, familial, and hereditary cancers. The program begins at 10 a. m. at the Scout Hut, 210 E. Sackett St., Salida, CO.

Cancer genetics began to expand in early 2000. The Denver-Centura system cancer

genetics program was started as part of the Catholic Health Initiatives program headquartered in

Lincoln, Nebraska.  The UC Health cancer genetics program started in Colorado Springs at Memorial Hospital. Hereditary Cancer Counseling can provide early screening, risk assessments, and education to support the health of patients with a higher hereditary risk of cancer.

Ms. Castellano received her Masters of Genetics and Biophysics degree in 1983 from the Colorado Health Sciences Center. A Board-Certified Genetic Counselor, she spent 20 years specializing in prenatal diagnosis. For 3 years during that period, she worked with the pediatric outreach program at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. During her career she designed and started three private services and one university-based clinic. She then transitioned to adult cancer genetic counseling in Denver. Retiring in 2017, Ms. Castellano moved to Chaffee County in 2021.

Central Colorado Humanists sponsor Sunday Science on the first Sunday of each month. Each presentation is informative and features a science topic that is understandable by both scientists and non-scientists. The doors open at 9:30 a. m. and the talk begins promptly at 10 a. m. Admission is free, and the public is welcome. Please join us.

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