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Understand the Basics of Genetic Testing for Hereditary Colorectal Cancer

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source: American Medical Association

year: 2012

summary/abstract:

Has your doctor recommended genetic testing? Don’t worry, you may have a mutation but, they’re not investigating whether you are a mutant ninja turtle! Here’s a great cheat sheet about the benefits and limitations of genetic testing for you and your family.  –  FAPvoice

From the author:

Key points:
• Testing can identify individuals at high risk and those who are not at high risk within a family
• Testing an affected relative (someone with CRC) in a family first is most informative
• Testing can help direct management and decision-making
• Testing may have emotional and social implications for family/individual
• Genetic counseling is highly recommended pre- and post-testing
• Genetic testing does not always diagnose colon cancer or predict when or if an individual will get cancer

organisation: American Medical Association, National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics

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