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Southern Seven Health Department to expand genetic cancer testing

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ULLIN, Ill. (KFVS) – A local health department is expanding its Genetic Cancer Testing Program.

The Southern Seven Health Department announced a pilot program that started last year will soon be available throughout the entire state.

The screenings review a person’s DNA to see if they’re at risk of developing certain types of cancers.

Since rolling out the program, health officials say they’ve seen a positivity rate of 17 percent, which is seven percent higher than the national average.

Officials say the expansion of the program will happen over the next few months.

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