Genetic tests are classified in many different categories. Sometimes it can be difficult to understand the differences between the various test categories. Learn about some of the most common categories.
Newborn screening identifies babies who have an increased chance of having a specific genetic disorder so that treatment can be started as soon as possible. Treatment prevents severe disabilities and in some cases death for many of these disorders.
Genetic counselors have specialized training to help individuals and families to understand medical information about their specific genetic concerns, make decisions about their medical care, and be able to manage the associated problems in a way that is best for them and their families.
Family history is known to be a risk factor for many common, chronic conditions such as coronary artery disease, hypertension, stroke, and diabetes. Collecting family history data can help medical professionals identify families at increased risk for the development of certain types of cancer.
Resources for information and education about genetics and genomics, what genetics is, and why it may be important to consider when making medical decisions.