- This is just one individual’s story of how genetic testing by a DTC test ultimately resulted in a breast cancer diagnosis. DTC testing misses the vast majority of inherited mutations that are linked to cancer.
- This is most relevant for people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent who have 23andMe testing.
Quality of Writing: Medium-High
- The headline is brief and matches the focus of the article. It is clear from that headline that this is just one individual’s story of how genetic testing by a DTC test ultimately resulted in a breast cancer diagnosis. However, some readers may be a bit mislead by the headline and assume that if results of a DTC reveal a specific gene mutation, you will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
- The author presents background information on at home genetic testing from the National Society of Genetic Counselors on genetic testing.
- The author interviews a genetics counselor who provides information on the limitations of at home genetic testing.
- The article is clear and easy to read.
- The information on which tests for BRCA are currently approved by the FDA is confusing.
- There is no discussion on whether or not BRCA testing is currently possible with at-home genetic testing.