Top Reasons To Go Through Genetic Testing
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Top Reasons to Go Through Genetic Testing

After watching a loved one battle a debilitating disease, you might hope and pray that you never go through the same thing. There are a number of diseases, however, that are genetic in nature. If someone in your family suffers from heart disease or a certain form of cancer, your odds of developing that same disease are high. Genetic testing can indicate the presence of genes in your body that put you at risk of developing those conditions, but there are also a few other reasons to go through genetic testing.

Find Out About Your Risk

The best reason to go through genetic testing is that it gives you information regarding the likelihood that you will develop certain medical conditions. This is especially important when you have a family history of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and other conditions. People sometimes assume that because their parents suffered from the same medical problem that they will too, but this isn't always necessarily true. It depends on your lifestyle and other factors, which is why you should opt for genetic testing.

Learn About Your Child

A new form of genetic testing is a test that the doctor performs while you are pregnant. This allows the doctor to take some cells from your unborn baby and give you information relating to that child's health. While there is some controversy surrounding this type of testing, doctors generally think that it's a good idea. The test can reveal whether your child suffers from any serious conditions or problems that might affect his or her future or reduce your child's lifespan.

Assist Future Generations

Even if you aren't sure whether you want to go through genetic testing, you might make a decision after seeing how those tests can assist future generations. Doctors use the results from these tests to see how lifestyle and other risk factors can increase an individual's risk of developing certain types of cancer and other conditions. Those results specifically assist the doctors performing research into treatments and solutions. You never know when your genetic test might help doctors and scientists find a cure for breast cancer or another disease that strikes millions of people.

Genetic testing lets doctor use some of your cells in a number of different ways. When you go through genetic testing, you can learn more about your family medical history and the risk you have of contracting certain illnesses and diseases in the future. Testing can also tell you more about your unborn child and assist future generations too.

Determine the Best Treatments

Genetic testing can also help you and your doctor determine the best course of treatment for you. After receiving a diagnosis of a serious medical condition, your doctor can recommend a variety of treatment options. Doctors may suggest chemotherapy or certain types of surgeries for those diagnosed with cancer. Surgery is sometimes risky, but the operation may remove the tumor or tumors the doctor found. Genetic testing allows your doctor to learn more about your condition and decide which treatment path is best for you. For example, your doctor may decide that you should seek help from a specialized treatment center like the Steve Wynn Institute for Vision Research. You will usually go through the testing phase after finding out your diagnosis.


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