What is Gene Testing?
The gene testing done will give an indication of your tendencies to over 100 diseases. We combine genetic and known risk factor information to develop a personal long term life risk management plan.
Based on the results of your DNA analysis, you will get two pieces of information for each condition: First, you will receive your specific results (genotype) at each SNP that the testing company includes in its risk estimates. Second, you will receive a "risk estimate" that tells you what your likelihood of developing each specific condition is, based on the SNPs that you carry. The risk estimates will be based on information from scientific research used to calculate the following:
How your genetic risk for each condition compares to other people in the general population
Your estimated lifetime risk for each condition currently included within the service and whether you have an above-average, average or below-average risk of developing a specific condition during your lifetime will be based on your genetic data.
The DNA analysis is not a diagnostic test. Your results will not tell you whether you currently have or will definitely develop any of the conditions included in the service. With common health conditions such as those included in our service, factors such as your behaviour and lifestyle contribute to your overall risk of developing the condition in addition to the genetic risk that you inherit. Our risk estimates do not account for these environmental influences or the preventive care you take to mitigate your risks.
A result indicating that you have an above average estimated lifetime risk for a specific condition merely indicates that you are likely to be genetically predisposed to that condition, and you may wish to consult your physician, consider further independent testing, or pursue genetic counselling. If you are concerned that you have, or may develop, a specific condition, additional testing through a qualified health care provider will be required to confirm whether or not you have the condition, or any signs or symptoms of the condition. You may also wish to discuss ways to decrease your risk through changes in your behaviour, lifestyle and/or medication or screening.
A result indicating that you have an average or below-average chance of developing a specific condition during your lifetime does not guarantee that you do not have or will not develop the condition. It is important that you continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle and continue regular medical check-ups with your doctor. The DNA analysis does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should consult your doctor if you have questions regarding any medical condition before starting any new treatment, and before stopping any treatment that has been prescribed for you.
Based on the results of your DNA analysis, you will learn about how your genetic makeup may impact how your body processes a specific medication, should you ever require that medication. E.g. whether the medication is likely to be effective for you, whether you are likely to have an increased risk of side effects, or whether you have specific genetic markers that may affect optimal drug dosage.
Some medications follow complex pathways in the body in order to perform their function. The genetic markers included in this test may not represent all genetic factors that can play a role in drug response.
Other factors, not taken into consideration with your results, can also impact how you respond to a drug. Such factors include other medications or supplements you take or have taken, lifestyle, diet, and other health conditions. General information about any such factors known to impact drug response will be included in your medication response reports. The risk estimates do not account for these environmental influences. Do not make any changes to your medications or screening program without discussing with your doctor.
This list is updated every month as new research is conducted.
Staying Alive provides a patient report outlining your risk factor for the following cancers and diseases: