Dr. Amanda Gammon tells you how to receive more guidance on managing a health risk that may in your family.">

Feb 9, 2018 — An online or at-home genetic test shows you're at risk of acquiring a disease—now what? On today's Health Minute, genetic counselor Dr. Amanda Gammon tells you how to receive more guidance on managing a health risk that may in your family.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: You got your results back for your online genetic testing and tested positive for a possible health condition. Amanda Gammon's a genetic counselor at Huntsman Cancer Institute. If that happens to somebody, what should they know?

Amanda: Really what we'd recommend is that individual stay as calm as possible and know that these results are very complex. Direct-to-consumer genetic test results may not provide all the genetic information you need to fully assess your risk for the disease that's in your family. And so meeting with a local provider who specializes in assessing genetic test results, such as a genetic counselor, may give you more information and more guidance. There may be additional tests that are recommended, or there may be recommendations made for you in terms of how to manage the disease that's in your family. So we really recommend for you to, you know, stay calm and seek out local resources.

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