I’m a certified genetic counselor and I’ve witnessed the great benefits that can be realized with genetic testing.

Genetic testing can help individuals and their clinicians determine if they are at higher risk to develop the cancer, cardiac disease, or other genetic conditions that afflicted generations of their family members. They can then detect the signs or symptoms of these diseases earlier, when easier to treat, or even reduce their risk of ever developing these diseases. Testing on a tumor sample may help clinicians choose the most effective treatment strategy and avoid drugs unlikely to be successful. Genetic testing can help families with rare conditions finally find a diagnosis, learn what to expect, and identify the best interventions, medications, and therapies.

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