Am I at risk? Should I get tested? How will I handle waiting for my results? These are all questions you may be asking yourself as you weigh your options about genetic screening and counseling. Michelle Gilats, the Center's genetic counselor, and Michelle Wasserman, PhD, a psychologist specializing in women's health, have each outlined common questions and answers that concern individuals and couples.
Issues to Consider Regarding Carrier Screening addresses those considering testing for the panel of "Jewish" genetic disorders, such as Tay-Sachs disease. It lays out information about insurance, needle anxiety and next steps after test results come in.
The Psychosocial Impact of Screening for Hereditary Cancers is for individuals with a familial history of cancer and/or who are considering screening for hereditary cancers, especially BRCA1/2 breast and ovarian cancer mutations. It discusses cultural concerns, interacting with family and friends, how to use test results and more.