How to talk about genetic issues with kids

Posted on: 4:12 pm, July 9, 2013, by , updated on: 05:50pm, July 9, 2013

When you think of difficult conversations with your children, talking about the “birds and the bees” comes to mind.

However, genetic testing has opened up a new world of conversations which can be extremely difficult.

Recently, actress Angelina Jolie underwent a double mastectomy knowing her risk for breast cancer was 87 percent.

Experts say she will have to talk to her biological children about their own cancer risks one day.

In fact, a recent study asked 221 women who had the same gene as Angelina Jolie if they would tell their children about those test results.

All of the women had children between the ages of 8 to 21-years-old but only 62 percent of those women said they talked to their children about the risks.

Dr. Melissa Craft, from the OU College of Nursing, joined Linda Cavanaugh in our studios with tips that all women should use when it comes to discussing tough topics with their kids.