We discussed in ‘Why Consider Genetic Testing’ several ways in which genetic testing may change recommendations for patients and their families. However, these reasons are not universal and may not apply to your situation. For example, your treatment and/or screening plan may not change based on genetic testing. Or you may not have children or other relatives who would benefit from your genetic testing results. For some people, the knowledge alone is of interest while for others it offers no clear benefits or is simply not desired. The decision of whether or not to have genetic testing is very personal, and should only be made after gathering all of the information that you would like to have.
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