Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Genetics provide cancer insight

Today's Tennessean carries an interesting article about medical screening through DNA testing:
In the article
Dr. Joann Boughman, executive vice president of the American Society of Human Genetics in Bethesda, Md., said genetic counselors can provide context and help with decision-making.
"It’s important for individuals to know their family medical history, which may require some detective work to gather, Boughman said.
“It’s an engagement process, and it isn’t always rapid, and it can be very uncomfortable,” she said. But “once you start talking to your family in a reasonable way about this and explain, ‘Everybody is at risk for something; let’s figure out if, as a group, we’re at risk for something special,’ that people will start to open up.”
Dr. Boughman advocates having your results sent to your physician for help in interpretation and context. If this is going to work, more physicians are going to have to become much more conversant in genomic medicine.

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Whatever you to do be proactive and take charge of your medical treatment planning. Your medical providers may or may not be prepared to do so on your behalf. Hopefully, you can be equal partners in deciding what is best for you and your family.

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