Early Detection


Get screened for genetic variants associated with increased risk for Familial Hypercholesterolemia, Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome and Lynch Syndrome.  Having a inherited variant can increase your risk for developing the indicated disease 30 years sooner than an individual without the inherited risk.

Conditions and genes we screen for:

  • Familial Hypercholesterolemia, FH – increases a persons risk for heart disease (PCSK9, APOB, LDLR, LDLRAP1)
  • Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome, HBOC – increases risk of certain cancers including breast, ovarian, prostate and pancreatic cancers (BRCA1 and BRCA2)
  • Lynch Syndrome, LS – raises the risk for colon, endometrial and other cancers (MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, PMS2, EPCAM)

Learn more about these conditions at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

The Healthy Nevada Project has been delivering potentially life saving genetic results to participants since Sep 2018 and offers no-cost genetic counseling to any participant found to be at risk for the genetic conditions listed above. Early detection for these conditions can greatly improve health outcomes for patients and identify other family members who may also be at risk.

Cancer Risks (HBOC and Lynch): 355 Delivered Results; 150 Genetic Counseling Sessions by Genome Medical
Heart Disease Risks (FH): 217 Delivered Results; 96 Genetic Counseling Sessions by Genome Medical

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Familial Hypercholesterolemia is an inherited disorder that leads to high levels of Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL or what your doctor may refer to as “bad cholesterol”)(1). This disorder can lead to a higher risk of a heart disease at a younger age.

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Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome, which is an inherited condition that can lead to an increased risk of breast, ovarian, prostate, pancreatic cancer and melanoma.

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A genetic condition that raises your risk of colon cancer, endometrial cancer, and other cancers. It is also known as hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC)(2). People with Lynch Syndrome are also susceptible to colon polyps at a younger age.

Healthy Nevada Project’s Participants

Learn more about the study’s progress and positive impact on residents of Nevada below.

Knowledge Is Power
Betsey Brownfield’s Healthy Nevada Project, Helix genetic test, showed she carries the BRCA1 mutation. She began taking action to prevent the odds of getting cancer. She had an MRI, which was negative for breast cancer. She is continuing to monitor her breast health and is deciding whether or not to have a double mastectomy.

Knowledge Is Power
Jordan Stiteler’s dad died suddenly of a stroke nearly ten years ago — at only 45 years old. Her grandfather died at age 40. Now through the Healthy Nevada Project’s no-cost genetic testing, she is closer to understanding why that may have happened. And she can take proactive steps to prevent the unhealthy symptoms that often lead to a stroke.


The Healthy Nevada Project research team is looking at the occurrence of important inherited genetic variants in our population that increase the risk of certain diseases. These include Familial Hypercholesterolemia, Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome and Lynch Syndrome.