Genetic testing has become increasingly popular in recent years. There are many facts about the various types of tests available. While genetic testing does not always result in a direct diagnosis, genetic issues, mutations, and variants can be identified through this testing.
Genetic tests are tests with a saliva sample (cheek swab) or blood and other tissues to find genetic disorders. Doctors and genetic counselors use genetic tests for several reasons. These include:
- Finding out if people carry a gene for a disease and might pass it on to their children
- Finding genetic diseases in unborn babies
- Screening embryos for disease
- Testing for genetic diseases in adults before they cause symptoms (preventative healthcare)
- Making a diagnosis in a person who has disease symptoms
- Determining the type or dose of a medicine that is best for a certain person (Pharmacogenetics or PGx)
Patients have different reasons for being tested or declining testing. For many, it is important to know whether a disease can be prevented or treated if a test is positive. Genetic test results might help a person make life decisions, such as family planning or insurance coverage. Your doctor and genetic counselor can provide information about the pros and cons of testing.
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