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Unformatted text preview: parents cope and make informed decisions when they learn that their baby will be born with a genetic defect. In general genetics, counselors interact with both pediatrics and adults who are born and/or discover they have a genetic defect. And in the final area of genetics, cancer genetics, counselors help patients with inheritable cancers, such as breast cancer and colon cancer. Anyone has the possibility of interacting with a genetic counselor. Many defects are only discovered late into adulthood, so I could even meet with one later in life. Due to my shadowing experience, I will know exactly what to expect when meeting with a counselor, and therefore be more comfortable throughout the whole situation. And who knows, maybe I will choose to become a genetic counselor myself....
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- Spring '07