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You don't have a personal or family history of a cardiovascular disease, cancer, or other genetic disorder. Is it still possible that you carry a genetic mutation and are at higher risk for developing one of these disorders? Could genetic screening be helpful to determine your personal disease risk, tailor your medical care, and contribute to your well-being?
The answer is: YES!
We all carry genetic mutations that are either inherited from one of our parents or are a new occurrence in us. Most of these genetic changes will not be harmful, but some can be.
Research has shown that almost 1% of people without concerning family history in a large population in the UK carried a genetic mutation that increased their risk for three specific hereditary conditions (Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer, Lynch syndrome, familial hypercholesterolemia).*
There are many more inherited diseases than these three, so the chance of carrying a mutation that increases one's risk is likely higher than 1%.
It is thought that it may be as high as 16%!!**
Interested in learning about your genetic disease risk?
Contact us for a comprehensive evaluation that includes obtaining a detailed personal and family history, genetic counseling as well as genetic screening for inherited conditions.
Knowing your genetic risk can change your medical management and prevent fatal disease or lead to early detection and better outcomes!
* Association of Rare Pathogenic DNA Variants for Familial Hypercholesterolemia, Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome, and Lynch Syndrome With Disease Risk in Adults According to Family History. Patel et al, JAMA Network Open 2020.
** Multigene panel screening for hereditary disease risk in healthy individuals. Haverfield et al, ACMG meeting 2018.