Genetic testing plays an important role in prevention of cancer

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Technologically advanced prevention tools like genetic testing can contribute in personalizing the health aspect for an individual thereby reducing the curative costs on dreaded diseases like cancer. 

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The role of genetic testing in prevention of cancer

Genetic Testing estimates genetic risks or predispositions to various diseases based on one’s DNA.

Technologically advanced prevention tools like genetic testing can contribute in personalizing the health aspect for an individual thereby reducing the curative costs on dreaded diseases like cancer.

Individuals who are at increased risk for developing certain cancers because of family history should opt for personalized genetic test.

Inheriting a gene linked to cancer from either one of the parent makes the person much more likely to develop the disease. Breast, colorectal, prostate, and endometrial cancers occasionally run in the family. Although only 5 to 10% of cancer cases are passed down genetically, most cancers are related to sedentary lifestyle, smoking, and unhealthy diet.

 

Cancer is a critical illness that causes trauma and out-of-pocket expenses for the family.

An increased level of awareness and education about early detection can effectively contribute to curbing cancer incidences. Personalized genetic testing analyses an individual’s genes to identify biological markers that help scientists locate genes that are linked with the disease.

Genetic testing may involve a play of highly advanced technology and analytical minds at the background, but for the user, it’s a simple process – mostly done through saliva or blood sample. The reports outline the diseases and traits that an individual is predisposed to. Post the reporting procedure, a genetic counsellor recommends lifestyle changes on the basis of your genetic test report and your medical & family history.

Mr Amol Naikawadi, Joint Managing Director, Indus Health Plus says, “Genetic testing very beautifully completes the circle of prevention. If an individual has a genetic risk towards developing a disease, she/he can avoid or delay the onset of the disease by making proper dietary and fitness modifications, as mentioned in the report. Additionally, the genetic counsellor guides the health checkups and their regularity. Indus being the pioneer’s in prevention has launched a user-friendly, personal genetic test, DNA-wise to curtail the incidences of NCDs.”

The article has been contributed by Mr Amol Naikawadi, Joint Managing Director & Preventive Healthcare Specialist, Indus Health Plus.

 

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