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Genetic Testing: Do You Want to Know? Tuesday's Access Utah

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Angelina Jolie’s recent announcement that she’d received a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of cancer, highlights a series of decisions we all may be facing in this age of genetic testing: Do I want to know?  Whom should I tell? What should I do with the information? Should I take a chance on passing on genetic problems? What about privacy and insurance? Dr. Robert Klitzman addresses these concerns in his book, Am I My Genes?: Confronting Fate and Family Secrets in the Age of Genetic Testing.

Dr. Klitzman is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program, and co-founder of the Center for Bioethics at Columbia University Medical Center. He joins Tom Williams for the hour to answer your questions about genetic testing.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.