DTC Give Confusion to Physicians and Consumers

The direct-to-consumer take-at-home DNA test kits has been a booming industry for many years. Recent projections predict that the global market for these test kits will surpass $10 billion by 2028.

Almost all take-at-home kits include ancestry but many of them are now branching out to other areas of DNA discovery, such as predicting future diseases or anticipating reactions to certain drugs.

However, these tests do not perform a comprehensive analysis of genetic information and are therefore inaccurate. For instance, some DNA kits examine only three of the thousands of genetic factors that cause cancerous mutations. No matter the results, a consumer will draw inaccurate conclusions from the test that could be detrimental to their health.

When a consumer receives troubling results from their DNA test, they usually follow up with their physician. However, this is equally as problematic because physicians don’t know how to interpret genetic testing. Physicians may placate their patients by ordering tests, but these may be unnecessary and a waste of money since the test’s conclusions may be inaccurate.

Anyone who undergoes genetic testing to discover anything more than ancestry should follow up with a genetic counselor. Genetic counselors are trained in interpreting genetic data and determining which tests may be necessary.

Parentage and ancestry genetic testing are highly accurate and don’t need interpretation. You can get tested and not worry about following up with a genetic counselor.

DNA Paternity Testing provides rock-solid answers to important questions like parentage and ancestry. With over 2,000 centers nationwide, DNA Paternity Testing Centers is one of the largest, most affordable, networks of accredited DNA testing labs in the United States. Our price is unbeatable without sacrificing quality. We offer DNA testing for paternity, maternity and all other relationships (grandparents, siblings, aunts/uncles).

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