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Family Health Navigator, Medicine - Med/Oncology
BioSonia Rios-Ventura is a clinical research coordinator associate for the Stanford School of Medicine, department of Cancer Genetics and Genomics. She received her B.A. in anthropology and intensive sociology from the University of California Santa Cruz.
She is also the family health navigator for the Genetic Information and Family Testing (GIFT) Study. GIFT's mission is to help families beat cancer. It aims to save lives through education and communication about cancer risk and prevention in families. When someone learns they have a genetic mutation that increases their risk for cancer, it means their family members might also be at risk. For too long, the difficult job of talking about family cancer risk has fallen to the cancer patients alone. GIFT is here to make it easier for people to share this important information and give family members an easy way to get genetic testing to learn about their personal cancer risk. GIFT is an online program developed by cancer patients, family members, and doctors that offers a new way to, 1. Share life-saving information about family cancer risk and ways to lower that risk, 2.Connect interested family members to easy, at-home genetic testing.