Some genes passed down in a family can increase the chance of getting certain health conditions. You can find out if a condition runs in your family by examining the health of your relatives and talking more to a genetic counselor to help you better understsand your family health history.
A screening test is performed as a preventative measure – to detect a potential health problem or disease in someone that doesn’t yet have signs or symptoms.
Families may feel a range of emotions after the diagnosis of a genetic condition. You may feel afraid of what is going to happen next. Or, you may have a sense of relief from learning what the cause of a medical problem is.