Lauren Maynard earned her B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from University of Arizona and her Master of Science in Medical Genetics from University of Cincinnati/ Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She is a board Certified Genetic Counselor and Diplomat of the American Board of Genetic Counseling. She began her career at University of Arizona as a Genetic Counselor for adult genetics, pediatric genetics, neuromuscular and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy clinics. In 2017, she began her role as Genetic Counselor for Banner Health at the University of Arizona Cancer Center where she provides genetic counseling for individuals with a personal and/or family history of cancer or tumors in the High Risk Clinic.
We know that 5-10% of cancers are hereditary (a risk passed from parent to child). Knowledge of a hereditary cancer risk allows for early detection and prevention strategies. My job as a cancer genetic counselor is to evaluate the likelihood that cancer risk for an individual and/or family is hereditary and to provide information about cancer genetics, genetic testing and personalized cancer screening options. I assist patients with decisions regarding genetic testing, with test interpretation, and serve as a resource for families to understand how genetics contributes to cancer risks in their family. I am passionate about community education and broadening the availability of clinical genetic counseling services.