Genetic tests look for any small changes or variations in your DNA to see if you are at a risk of a disease or a genetic disorder – even before the symptoms appear. Knowing about a genetic variation by sequencing your genome can be useful in allowing you and your physician make a smarter health-related decision by developing a personalised treatment plan based upon your genetic makeup, not just for you but also for your family members.
Genetic tests can provide diagnosis of a single gene disorder or information about your risk to develop cancer. Because we share DNA with our family members, if you are found to have a genetic change, your family members may have the same change. Genetic counseling before and after genetic testing can help make sure that you are the right person in your family to get a genetic test, you’re getting the right genetic test, and that you understand your results.
For you and your family’s health
Knowing your, or your child’s unique genetic DNA, can be a powerful too. Whole genome sequencing can help you and your physician move towards early detection and intervention rather than waiting for symptoms to occur.
Positive test results can help physicians develop a personalized treatment or monitoring plan – moving away from a ‘one size fits all approach’. And negative test results can serve as a relief – eliminating uncertainty around possible health conditions.