When it comes to genetic testing, it can get complicated in a hurry. Imagine sending in a DNA test hoping to find out what percent German you are and getting back a result that says you have an increased risk for cancer. That news can stop anyone in their tracks.
Genetic testing continues to increase in popularity. However, it is not for everyone. Results of genetic testing can often be uninformative and ultimately can cause more stress and anxiety over the possibility of a disease you may never get.
Completing a family health history is an easy, fast, and completely free way to discover health insights. What better time than the holidays to connect with family and share this vital information?
Being curious about who we are, where we came from, and what makes us us is normal. These musings separate us from other animals (after all, Fluffy and Fido don't seem concerned about their heritage). And knowledge is power, isn't it? The short answer: it depends.
When speaking to a physician about your health, patients tend to focus on their personal current and past conditions. But knowing your family’s medical history and understanding the role it plays in your own health is critical, especially when it comes to prevention.