Will I live longer if I have at home genetic testing?
No. Scientific evidence does not show that at-home genetic testing prolongs life.
Will the use of at home genetic testing improve my quality of life?
No. Scientific evidence has not confirmed that at-home genetic testing improves one’s quality of life.
Does the use of at home genetic testing make my symptoms better?No. Scientific evidence has not confirmed that at-home genetic testing makes symptoms better.
Complications related to at-home genetic testing appear to be rare. However, there are no valid studies available to prove that these tests give accurate results. Inaccurate results may be due to sample misidentification or contamination of the chemicals used for testing. Many of the risks associated with genetic testing involve the emotional, social or financial consequences of the test results. Safeguarding your privacy could be an issue. Genetic testing obtained through a Web site may have the results posted online. If the Web site is not secure, your information may be seen by others. Genetic testing obtained by mail may also involve security issues.
Minor reported complications:
Major reported complications:None reported
Alternative testing includes:
Prices of at-home genetic tests range from $295 to $3,456.
The cost may or may not be covered by your health benefits plan.
The following are off-site links :
American College of Medicine Genetics Board of Directors. (2008, April). ACMG statement on direct-to-consumer genetic testing. Retrieved February 2, 2009 from http://www.acmg.net/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Policy_Statements&Template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=2975.
Federal Trade Commission. FTC Facts for Consumers. (2006, July). At-home genetic tests: A healthy dose of skepticism may be the best prescription. Retrieved February 2, 2009 from http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/health/hea02.htm.
Federal Trade Commission. (2006, July). Talk to your doctor or healthcare practitioner about home genetic tests. Retrieved February 2, 2009 from http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2006/07/fyi0650.htm.
National Institutes of Health. (2008, February). What is direct-to-consumer genetic testing? Retrieved February 2, 2009 from http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/handbook/testing/directtoconsumer.
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