The issue of whether or not to get genetic testing is a question we all ask ourselves at some point. This so-called issue could be easily resolved if we did what we have in years past. Ask someone who knows. What does that mean, you ask?
Most of us have usually asked someone else who we think may know more on the subject questions that we aren’t entirely sure on the answer. Sometimes that someone is a mother, father, grandmother, best friend, and sometimes that someone is a third party. Say, a counselor or a therapist.
Genetic tests, like a pharmacogenetics test, can reveal a lot of what you may not expect and some fear that unknown. In this case, speaking to a counselor is the silver bullet. If you do decide to take the leap, “genetic counselor are specifically trained in cancer genetics and help provide information, resources, and support that are need for decision making about testing” says Dr. Jessica Croley at Kentucky One Health Hematology and Oncology Associates. In addition to giving patients information about their risk for certain diseases, like cancer, genetic counselors can help patients deal with feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, or guilt that comes with receiving the results.
In any case, it is of the utmost importance that if you do decide to take a genetics test, make sure to never interpret the results yourself and have licensed doctor help you to understand them.