Amanda Gammon talks about why it might be worthwhile to meet with a local provider or a genetic counselor for a better understanding of your genetic health risks.">

Jan 12, 2018 — How accurate are online DNA health testing services in predicting disease? On today's Health Minute, genetic counselor Amanda Gammon talks about why it might be worthwhile to meet with a local provider or a genetic counselor for a better understanding of your genetic health risks.

Interview

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

Interviewer: You got your results back from your online genetic testing service. Amanda Gammon's a genetic counselor at Huntsman Cancer Institute. So the question is, how accurate are the tests in predicting disease?

Amanda: Many of the results you'll receive back from direct consumer genetic testing relate to mild or moderate factors for disease. Many of these factors have only been associated with disease and haven't been proven to actually cause disease. However, if you have a strong family history of disease, it may be worth meeting with a local provider, such as a genetic counselor, to really flesh out your personal and family medical history, as well as combining that with the information you've obtained from genetic testing, to see if additional genetic testing may be warranted or if it may change your medical management in other ways.

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