Genetic Testing of your Kids?

Carol - posted on 04/21/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I thought this was interesting. Apparently you can buy kits in drugstores to test your kid's genes to see if they are at risk for certain diseases like diabetes and cancer.

Have you heard of this? Would you give this test to your children?

"That has stirred controversy among doctors, geneticists, bioethicists and consumer advocates. Some believe that in bypassing health professionals, the tests are irresponsible at best and potentially dangerous at worst. Others feel that individuals who want their personal health-risk information should be able to get it, plain and simple."

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-2...

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That's interesting, but I don't think I would test an over the counter test. There is a genetic test for breast cancer available here, but it costs $2,000 per sample. So if you have your base sample, in this example, my MIL, then test each of her kids (there are three of them), you would be facing a bill of $8,000! How could an OTC test be as good as something costing thousands?

If I knew it was fairly accurate, yes, I would do it. I hate surprises and would rather know what's going to happen. And if something came back positive, you could work toward minimising their risk from early on, which may keep them from contracting the disease. I totally believe in going in with open eyes and being proactive. I'd do it myself too!

Amber - posted on 04/21/2011

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Over the counter? No. But we did do one genetic test when we were pregnant through a geneticists. It was technically on me though.

Cystic fibrosis runs in my family and is treated the best when detected the earliest. When we found out I was pregnant I wanted to see if I was a carrier of the disease. We wanted to know what to prepare for, but luckily I'm not a carrier.
I personally wouldn't want to know about something like cancer; I wouldn't want to spend my life always waiting for the other shoe to drop....

If this is something that a parent is really concerned about, why wouldn't they see a professional? I know that I wanted to go to the best doctor possible so that I knew I was getting accurate tests and had definite answers.

I understand the desire for information, but if it's a disease you can't change or treat, then is it really going to make your life better?

Jennifer - posted on 04/21/2011

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As a mother with Parkinson's Disease, I wouldn't want to know if they were going to inherit it or not. Their father's side has a genetic conditition that they will have to be tested for, but if they have it it can be treated. I think it's a personal decsion.

Jenni - posted on 04/21/2011

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Yeah I think I'd be afraid to try one of those on my kids. Scary. I'm not sure if I'd want to live the rest of my life worrying that one of my kids was at a high risk for cancer. Especially if there is little I can do to prevent it.

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