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Hemochromatosis Genetic Screening

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Should I Be Screened?

The decision to have hereditary hemochromatosis carrier screening is a personal one.

This testing is used to find out if a person has an increased chance for having hemochromatosis. It may be recommended for people who have a close family member—parent, brother, sister, or child—with this disease.

Carrier testing is expensive. If you are paying for the test, you will want to consider whether the cost of the testing is worth the results.

The discovery of a genetic disease that is not causing symptoms now should not affect your future ability to gain employment or health insurance coverage. A law in the United States, called the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), protects people who have DNA differences that may affect their health. This law does not cover life insurance, disability insurance, or long-term care insurance.

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Last Updated: October 15, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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