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Any reason to not have genetic testing?


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Question from Bella: Are there good reasons for NOT having genetic testing when there is a family history? Are there instances when you might advise not to be tested?
Answers - Carol Cherry, M.S.N., R.N., A.P.R.N., B.C. Again, it's a very personal decision that should be made after looking at all the risks, benefits, and limitations. In my experience, we do not typically advise against it.
Terri McHugh Most centers have support networks which patients can have access to a social worker or be connected with services such as Facing Our Risk.
Carol Cherry, M.S.N., R.N., A.P.R.N., B.C. It is important that the person being tested provide informed consent, so if there is a physical or emotional or educational reason why the person does not understand the process it would be not advised to proceed with the testing.

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