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About Genetic Counseling

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source: National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)


You already see a doctor, nurse practitioner or other provider for your healthcare. So, you might wonder, what additional help can a genetic counselor provide? Because genetic counselors receive specialized training in genetics and counseling, they can be an important part of your healthcare team, helping you navigate genetics and testing, whether you’re pregnant and wondering about the health of your child, or concerned about a family history of cancer, heart disease or other condition.

Think of genetic counseling as a conversation. Your input – your goals, your feelings, your concerns – are all very important. Using a unique set of skills, a genetic counselor helps you understand your genetic risks, determines if genetic testing might be right for you – and if so, which tests – and explains what results might mean for you and your family.

organization: National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)

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