When it comes to genetics, knowledge is power. Learning if you have a genetic mutation -- such as one that increases genetic risk for cancer or a heart condition, or gaining insight about a medication response can make a difference – allows you and your healthcare provider to create a screening and management plan tailored to your unique genetic makeup.
Most diseases are complex and have many causes. Understanding if you have a genetic predisposition to certain diseases gives you critical information that can help you take action. For example, with hereditary cancer, this information is important because detecting cancer at its earliest stage improves the likelihood of a favorable outcome.