Genetic testing reveals in-depth information about your body’s function, reproductive health, and your risk of various diseases. The team at Women’s Center for Health and Wellness, led by Thomas Wood, DO, offers comprehensive genetic testing services to help you learn more about your current and future health. Call the office in Fort Smith, Arkansas, today to find out more or book an appointment online.
Genetic testing looks for changes in your genes, chromosomes, or proteins that could indicate that:
Currently, more than 1,000 different genetic tests are in use.
A specialized set of genetic tests looks for inherited changes in your genes that suggest an elevated risk of developing cancer.
Certain genes are linked to specific cancers, such as the BRCA genes. Women with certain mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes have a greater risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers.
Pre-pregnancy genetic screening gives you information about your baby’s risk of being born with or developing certain health problems or abnormalities.
You may choose to go through genetic testing to give you peace of mind before starting a family or based on your family or personal medical history and ethnic background.
Genetic testing can identify a number of conditions, including:
Overall, more than 400 different disorders can be identified using genetic testing.
Usually, genetic testing involves a blood test and/or cheek swab. After giving a sample, your doctor sends it off to a lab for analysis. With pre-pregnancy testing, both partners usually provide a sample for analysis.
Genetic testing isn’t right for everyone. Even if you come back showing an increased risk level for cancer, for example, it doesn’t mean you will develop cancer.
Consider your personal and family history when deciding whether to undergo genetic testing and how the results will affect your health care or family planning. Your doctor can also help you weigh the pros and cons of genetic testing.
Schedule an appointment at Women’s Center for Health and Wellness to learn more about genetic testing. Call today or book your consultation online.