BC debates how much information is too much
when it comes to your health.
In Canada, genetic testing is available for
those wanting to determine conditions to which
they may be susceptible and which are inevitable.
Would you take a test to determine
Would you take a test to determine your genetic disorders?
The results of a genetic test could be
used by third-party insurers to
deny you coverage as your conditions
could be deemed "pre-existing".
You could avoid some genetic
predispositions by making
informed lifestyle changes.
Sixty-five per cent of patients from a
Canadian genetic testing clinic made
changes to their physical activity
after receiving results.
Sixty-nine per cent of those tested
changed their diet and forty-six per cent
sought additional tests or screenings.
Would you want to know that you will be
diagnosed with a
Would you want to know that you will be diagnosed with a terminal disease?
The certainty of knowing you will suffer from
an incurable disease may lead to severe
depression and anxiety, reducing the
quality of life in your final years.
Knowing your life expectancy could
allow you to Prepare your friends and
family for the end, as well as set your
affairs in order.
Procreation plays a large role in a person's decision
to be tested for hereditary diseases
One such example is Huntington's disease,
a neurodegenerative condition with a fifty
per cent chance of being passed on be an
Would you want to have children if you knew you could
pass on an incurable
Would you want to have children if you knew you could pass on an incurable, fatal condition?
Is there such a thing as knowing too
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