Whether it’s a predisposition to cancers or another type of disease, genetic tests simply show the potential hidden within your genes. Depending on the results, therapies can be developed to help prevent development by early detection.
Many people seek a genetic test for the benefit of their family members, or even their children. Family history, depending on your mother or grandmother’s genetic history can drive that decisions. Listen in on how to prepare properly.
Pregnant women, or people with heart disease or cancer in their family are some examples of people who could benefit from genetic testing. Answering questions about future ailments or discovering unknown genes are sometimes the outcomes.
Hear Kerry Kirshner’s story about his experience with genetic testing and his breast cancer. From types of tests all the way to the cost, where you get tested is almost as important as when.
Genetic Testing can help people be more proactive in finding out if they are predisposed to developing cancer. A Genetic Counselor is someone who can help with interpretation of the results. Hear from a cancer survivor on his experience with both.
With the increased number of labs now offering genetic testing, it is very important to do proper research prior to using a company. There are risks associated with the reliability of the results. Sarasota Memorial’s expert explains more.
With many ethical and emotional issues surrounding Genetic Testing, help navigating the subject can be found with a counselor like Cathleen McCann, MS, CGC, Board Certified Genetic Counselor Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System.