Advantages and Disadvantages

What are the advantages and disadvantages of genetic testing?

Genetic testing may help address uncertainty in families that are known to be a greater risk for cancer based on family history. A positive result, discovering a genetic basis for the disease, may confirm a greater risk for contracting cancer, but it also allows appropriate medical monitoring and/or preventive surgery. We hope that in the future, preventive drug treatment will also be a possibility.

A negative result of genetic testing of a particular individual also have significance for his family members and his children, and may be of importance in the case of decisions regarding fertility and childbirth.

The staff is aware of the fact that there are those who prefer not to cope with the emotional burden of knowing about carriers, or they may prefer not to carry out the tests at certain stages of their lives. Therefore, discussions regarding oncogenetic testing are open to a discussion regarding this aspect of the testing process.

It is important to note that the existence of information regarding genetic carriers may have legal significance in terms of life insurance and medical insurance.