By Savannah Pring
- Genetic testing can be very helpful, or very devastating. It can tell you if you have the possibility of having a certain disease; or if you will pass a disease on to a child if you have one.
- It can give the patient a sense of relief; they know if they have the potential for a disorder and can plan their life accordingly.
- The risks of genetic testing are very small, especially if it just requires a blood sample or cheek swab. Risks for a prenatal test are a little higher because it requires a sample of the fluid from around the baby, which could cause a miscarriage.
- Risks also include the emotional damage of the patient's results, financial damage, or damage between family members.
- Another thing is that the tests can only provide a limited amount of info. It can't tell if the patient will show signs of the disorder. There's also a lack of treatment for most of the diseases diagnosed.
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