Melanie McDermet, M.S.

Melanie McDermet, M.S.

Melanie McDermet, M.S. is a genetic counselor at Winthrop University Hospital, specializing in cancer, pediatric and prenatal genetics. A prolific community speaker, she has lectured on the topics of cancer and genetics to diverse audiences, including obstetrics and pediatric physicians; prenatal and pediatric patients; other genetic counselors; and high school, college, nursing and physician groups. Ms. McDermet holds a M.S. degree in human genetics from the University of Michigan and is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.

BRCA Gene Testing: What African American Women Need To Know

What are BRCA1 & BRCA2 Genes? While every woman has about a 12% risk to develop breast cancer, the risk is higher when a woman has a variation in a certain gene. In the mid 1990’s, researchers found that mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes increase a woman’s, and sometimes a man’s, risk of [...]

How To Talk To Your Family About Genetic Testing For BRCA & Breast Cancer

With the holidays right around the corner, now is an opportune time to talk to far-flung relatives about breast cancer, other hereditary cancers, BRCA and any genetic testing your relatives may have received. Between a difficult diagnoses and the public nature of a holiday dinner, though, the topic can be tough to bring up, especially [...]