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Mixed reviews of at-home genetic testing

https://www.facingourrisk.org/XRAYS/dtc-testing
Full article: http://www.abc2news.com/business/consumer/at-home-genetic-test-leads-to-breast-cancer-diagnosis

National guidelines recommend that patients meet with a genetics expert before undergoing genetic testing for cancer risk. Genetic counseling can help patients decide whether genetic testing is right for them and order the most appropriate test. Once test results are available, genetics experts also help patients understand their results. Over the last decade, the popularity of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing, such as 23andMe has grown. Some genetic tests are marketed to consumers on television, in print advertisements, and on the Internet. These “at-home” genetic tests give people direct access to their genetic information without first involving a healthcare provider in the process. A recent report outlines the benefits and limitations of DTC genetic testing. (10/20/17)

Expert Guidelines

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network is a consortium of experts in cancer and genetics. They publish consensus guidelines for genetic counseling and testing for cancer risk.

In their approval, the FDA make the following notes about test results through 23andMe:

Questions To Ask Your Health Care Provider

About FORCE

FORCE is a national nonprofit organization, established in 1999. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by adult hereditary cancers.