What are the pros and cons of genetic testing?

Molecular genetic. testing & a Fragile X Syndrome probe are recommended for people of any age with developmental delays, Intellectual Disability &/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder. People at risk of transmitting mutant genes because of ethnicity, family history or consanguity need pre-pregnancy testing. Chromosomal array on amniotic fluid is offered to women with high risk of fetal Down Syndrome & other aneuploidies.

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What are the pros and cons of getting genetic testing done on myself? Just curious.

Be specific. If a close relative has a known genetic disease, you have a duty yourself to know whether you carry it. If you are from a population with a lot of sickle cell disease, you owe it to yourself and the person with whom you plan to have children to know whether you have the trait. That's all you'll want. Good luck. Read more...

What are the pros and cons of getting genetic testing done? It seems people think it is for abortion.

Not always. Even if you object abortion, you will be informed of the likelihood of inheritable conditions in the baby. The expecting couple can use this information to assess their situation and resources to receive a special child. Read more...
Preparation. For some people it is about abortion but for most it is about preparation. Prenatal care is all about understanding what the patient and her baby need and formulating a plan that meets that delivers a safe birth. If there is a genetic problem, birth defect, heart problem etc the parents and the doctors can prepare. Read more...

I'm a 34 yr old female. My 63 y/o mother has colon cancer. Should I seek genetic testing? What are the pros/cons re: the genetic testing for me?

Screening yes. But not genetic testing, just having one family member is not an indication for genetic testing, how ever with that history you should have screening colonoscopy on regular basis. Good luck. Read more...