Genetic Testing

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In collaboration with the Genetic Counsellor Network (Pty) Ltd, South Africa, the Well Woman Clinic now offers genetic counselling services to determine you and your family’s inherited risk for diseases or cancer. Our doctors refer patients who meet the criteria to determine if there is a need for genetic testing.
Genetic testing looks for changes, sometimes called mutations or variants, in your DNA. Genetic testing is useful in many areas of medicine and can change the medical care you or your family member receives. For example, genetic testing can provide a diagnosis for a genetic condition or information about your risk to develop cancer. There are many different kinds of genetic tests. Genetic tests are done using a saliva sample and results are usually ready in a few weeks.
Because we share DNA with our family members, if you are found to have a genetic change, your family members may have the same change. Genetic counseling before and after genetic testing can help make sure that you are the right person in your family to get a genetic test, you’re getting the right genetic test, and that you understand your results.
Reasons for Genetic Testing include:

- To learn whether you have a genetic condition that runs in your family before you have symptoms

- To learn about the chance a current or future pregnancy will have a genetic condition

- To diagnose a genetic condition if you or your child has symptoms

- To understand and guide your cancer prevention or treatment plan