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Genetic Testing

Genetic Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Questions for the Doctor

If you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, use this list of questions to ask your doctor about genetic testing.

Review Date: December 18, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Talk with a Doctor if Breast or Ovarian Cancer Runs in Your Family

If family members have had breast or ovarian cancer, you can take steps to reduce your risk. Genetic counseling and testing can help you make the best decisions about your health.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Frequently Asked Questions About Genetic Testing

Genetic research is leading to more genetic tests that can be used for diagnosis and treatment of genetic conditions. Genetic testing is available during pregnancy, and for diagnosis and treatment of infants, children and adults. This information answers some question about genetic testing.

Review Date: June 25, 2012

NIH National Human Genome Research Institute - NHGRI

BRCA1 and BRCA2: Cancer Risk and Genetic Testing

This fact sheet describes the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes and related link to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Learn what to do if a person tests positive for one of these alterations, and the consequences of genetic testing.

Review Date: June 01, 2015

NIH National Cancer Institute

Detecting Genetic Abnormalities

Some tests can detect genetic abnormalities before birth. By learning about these problems before birth, you can help plan your child’s health care in advance, and in some cases even treat the disorder while the baby is still in the womb.

Review Date: June 25, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Family History: Prevent Colon Cancer

Relatives of people who have had colorectal cancer are more likely to develop the disease themselves. Learn about the importance of genetic testing and counseling.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

Prevent Cancer Foundation

Genetic Testing

Genetic tests are done by analyzing small samples of blood or body tissues. They determine whether you, your partner, or your baby carry genes for certain inherited disorders.

Review Date: March 18, 2013

The Nemours Foundation

Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer: Psychological and Social Impact

Genetic testing to estimate breast and ovarian cancer risk may prompt many emotional and psychological reactions. How will getting the news that you've tested positive or negative affect you?

Review Date: December 01, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Genetic Testing for SADS Cardiac Conditions

Genetic testing for a number of Sudden Arrythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) is standard practice now for those with family histories of these conditions, and others at risk. Find out who should be tested, how to pay for testing, and related resources.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation

Genetic Testing: How it is Used for Healthcare- (PDF)

You may want to learn about genetic testing if you have a family history of inherited diseases or belong to an ethnic group with a higher risk of a specific inherited disease. Read this fact sheet to find out about genetic testing.

Review Date: August 04, 2011

NIH Office of Rare Diseases Research

Genetic Testing: What You Should Know

Some genetic abnormalities, or “gene mutations,” may run in families. Find out the pros and cons of being tested for genetic diseases that might run in your family. A sample of blood or skin is usually needed for genetic testing.

Review Date: January 04, 2015

American Academy of Family Physicians

Genetics and Genomics for Patients and the Public

Find information about genetic disorders, background on genetic and genomic science, the new science of pharmacogenomics, tools to create your own family health history and a list of online health resources.

Review Date: December 19, 2012

NIH National Human Genome Research Institute - NHGRI

Genomics and Health: Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to questions about genomics, the study of all the genes in a person, as well as interactions of those genes with each other and with that person’s environment.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

My Family Health Portrait

Talking with your health care worker about your family health history can help you stay healthy! The My Family Health Portrait is a tool you can use to enter, print, and confidentially share your family health history with family members or your health care worker.

Review Date: March 31, 2015

Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

National Newborn Screening Status Report- (PDF)

Find out which newborn screening tests are required by each state.

Review Date: March 18, 2013

Educational Institution — Click the resource link above to learn more

Pregnancy & Prenatal Testing

Prenatal tests performed during pregnancy screen for and diagnose any existing problems that may affect the mother’s or baby’s health so doctors can identify and address problems as they arise.

Review Date: April 01, 2015

American Association for Clinical Chemistry

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