Genetic Counselor Awareness Day – Nov. 9, 2017

Happy Genetic Counselor Awareness Day! Your doctor may refer you to speak with a genetic counselor, but perhaps you’ve never heard of one before. What is a genetic counselor and why does your doctor want you to speak to one?

As defined by the National Society of Genetic Counselors, genetic counseling is “…a process to evaluate and understand a family’s risk of an inherited medical condition. A genetic counselor is a healthcare professional with specialized training in medical genetics and counseling.”

Genetic counselors work with you to determine risks regarding genetic disease and how they may affect you and your family, allowing you to make informed decisions about your health. You may be referred to speak with a genetic counselor based on the results of your genetic screening, a prenatal visit, or any risk factors related to cancer, heart disease, neurological disease, or other genetically linked conditions. They may ask many detailed questions about your family medical history in order to assess if there are any genetic risks, and then go through any appropriate testing options you may want to consider. A genetic counselor is also able to carefully and thoroughly explain the results of any genetic testing you have had.

Here at NxGen MDx, we offer a phone-based genetic counseling program, where you can speak to a board-certified genetic counselor regarding your NxGen MDx test results. We are so excited to take part in the first-annual Genetic Counselor Awareness Day to spread the word about this integral and growing field in genetics. The National Society of Genetic Counselors put together a wonderful video showcasing genetic counselors and what they do! Check it out below!