Your Genes, Your Health: The Importance of Genetic Literacy and EducationPosted on by
- Discussing a family history of breast and ovarian cancer with a healthcare provider may result in BRCA mutation testing and could provide the opportunity to intervene to prevent cancer.
- Reporting a personal history of colorectal cancer to a healthcare provider could prompt genetic testing for Lynch syndrome and provide the opportunity for at-risk family members to consider genetic testing for themselves and preventive screening.
- Reporting a family history of early heart disease can help a healthcare provider diagnose familial hypercholesterolemia, a common treatable genetic condition that requires aggressive cholesterol lowering and cascade screening in relatives of affected individuals.
- In the near future, using whole genome sequencing in clinical practices will provide vast amounts of genomic information without known clinical interventions and lead to the possiblity of unnecessary procedures and healthcare costs for patients.
- Working with key partners to provide information, tools and resources;
- Promoting access and identifying and addressing disparities for underserved populations; and
- Measuring population progress and tracking disparities in achieving health benefits and minimizing harms of genomics and family health history information.
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