Genetic testing can be used to identify whether an individual is at risk of developing common hereditary diseases or conditions. This enables you to take control of your healthcare to detect, understand and manage any problems at an early stage, when they are most treatable. Through the analysis of your DNA, by using a sample of your saliva, it is possible to establish if you have any specific genetic mutations which are associated with an increased risk of developing conditions such as heart disease or certain forms of cancer.
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Genetic testing provides your clinician with a level and depth of knowledge they can't get from any other individual test or scan. Armed with this knowledge, you can work with your healthcare provider to create a personalised screening and prevention plan, designed to help reduce your risk of developing a disease or condition. Genetic testing allows for:
Your healthcare provider may suggest preventive measures, such as regular screening. For example, those with an increased risk for breast cancer, might have regular or earlier mammograms.
Your healthcare provider may be able to suggest preventive measures, such as prescribing clinically appropriate medications that can reduce the risk of certain cancers or heart conditions.
Hereditary health disorders run in the family, so your results can also help your loved ones understand their familial heart disease or cancer risk and introduce their own preventative measures.
Before any samples are taken, patients must undergo compulsory pre-test counselling with one of our doctors to discuss the implications of any result. After the doctor has completed the consultation, the patient is sent the genetic testing kit via post.
The test is performed via a saliva sample that is collected by the patient in their own home. This is a non-invasive way to collect DNA samples for testing. The only stipulation is that patients are advised not to eat, drink, chew gum or smoke for at least 30 minutes prior to taking their sample.
Hereditary cancer is caused by an inherited genetic mutation. It is typical to see a recurring pattern of cancer across two to three generations. Detecting cancer early improves the odds of survival and knowing your risk can help you take action.
The test analyses 30 genes that are associated with an increased risk of 8 different types of cancer:
1 in 200 people have a heart condition with a genetic basis. If left undetected and untreated, these conditions can be life-threatening. However, inherited heart conditions can be successfully managed. Finding out early can help you and your healthcare provider create a personalised plan to prevent heart disease or sudden cardiac arrest.
The genetic cardiac test analyses 77 genes related to inherited cardiovascular conditions that, if detected early, may have effective interventions and preventive measures. This can identify conditions such as high cholesterol, that may be evaluated and treated differently from conditions without a genetic cause.
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The genetic cardiac test analyses 77 genes related to diseases of the heart muscle, heart rhythm, aorta, Inherited high cholesterol disorders and abnormal tendency to develop blood clots.
The genetic cancer test covers 30 genes known to increase the risk of cancer including: Breast, Ovarian, Uterine, Colorectal, Melanoma, Stomach, Pancreatic and Prostate Cancer.
The Combined Test tests for the most common genes associated Cardiac conditions and Cancer, but also includes genes that can influence how your body processes certain medications.
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