The Health 202: Why the medical community is concerned about a genetic testing boom

The increased ease of access to genetic testing gives some medical professionals pause as they are concerned about whether people will understand their results and how they may handle them. As FDA has been cautious in allowing DTC genetic health risk tests, others have argued that people have a right to know such things about themselves. Still, FDA warned that consumers shouldn’t base treatment decisions on the results. Genetic counselors and others want to ensure that people understand the nuances of the testing and what result can and can’t show rather than trying to tease that information out on their own or from a primary care physician who may also have a limited understanding of the tests.