Information from genetic
testing can have a profound impact on your life. Genetic counselors are trained
to explain the test and its results, but you make the decision about whether to
have the test. A genetic counselor can help you make well-informed decisions.
Ask to have genetic counseling before making a decision about testing. Genetic
counseling can help you and your family:
Understand medical facts, including what causes diseases, how a
diagnosis is made, and what you may be able to do to help you manage a
Understand how your family history contributes to the
development of a disease.
Understand what you can do to help
prevent coloncancer or a recurrence.
Learn about caring for a
family member who has a genetic disease, including getting referrals to
specialists or joining support groups.
Genetic counselors are trained to help you and your family
make informed decisions. They are sensitive to the physical and emotional
aspects of these decisions. Your privacy and confidentiality are carefully
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 27, 2012
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