We hear more and more about personalized or precision medicine. It is an approach allowing us to move towards more prevention. Managing your health in preventive mode can be an appropriate solution to maintaining a better quality of life. Human genetics opens the door to the early detection of certain diseases, to targeted interventions and may be one aspect of treatment with better results. So how can Genolife help you?
Medical and scientific knowledge shows that all individuals carry genetic variations which may impact their own health or which may be associated with an increased risk of disease in their child(ren). With the advancement of technologies, this information is more easily accessible and this opens the possibility of using genetics in preventive health. In some cases, knowing your genetics can reduce or prevent the risk of disease or even reduce or avoid complications associated with certain treatments.
Generally reserved for patients who present symptoms or a high risk, genetic screening is now available to the population through private services.
Although there are a multitude of genetic tests available in the market or on the web, not all of these offerings are created equal. Some of these tests have little or no medical utility and are purely “recreational” in nature. Other tests offer no reliability since they have not been validated according to established standards and therefore cannot be used by a healthcare professional. Others, despite their reliability, are incomplete, either because of the laboratory technology used or depending on the selection of genes tested. A result from one of these types of genetic screening could therefore be “false” and not recognize the presence of a genetic risk or, on the contrary, identify a risk of disease which is in fact nonexistent.
It is therefore particularly important to determine whether a test is needed or available, and if so, to choose an appropriate test. In addition, once the analysis has been carried out, understanding the resulting results is often complex and the integration of these results into the management of your health should be done in partnership with your doctor.
Genolife’s offer is distinguished by its support service with a genetic counselor. Genetic counseling helps inform you of the advantages and limitations of genetic testing, assess your risks and determine with you whether genetic testing options might be appropriate for you. If you wish to perform a genetic test, the genetic counselor will work with your doctor to provide you with quick access to the appropriate test and following the results, she will provide ongoing support for you and your doctor. She will explain the impacts that your results can have on your health as well as the management options related to your genetic profile.
This is how access to your genetic information takes on its full meaning and allows you to have appropriate medical monitoring.
Is there an inherited disease in your family? Did you or a member of your family have cancer before the age of 50? Do you have concerns about yours or your family’s medical history related to genetics? Are you thinking of having children and you want to know the risks of transmitting a gene for an inherited disease?
Consult one of our genetic counselors now. She can support you and ensure that your genetic health is well taken care of.
The first call is free at 1-844-440-5454