Certain healthcare providers can help you make decisions about genetic testing based on your health and what you want to learn.
Working with healthcare professionals
If you or a family member is concerned about a genetic condition, a genetic professional can help.
- Geneticists are doctors who study genes. They play an important role in the diagnosis and management of a genetic disorder.
- Genetic counselors can help you understand and make decisions about genetic testing. They also can help explain what the results mean for you and your family. For example, they can help you understand if you are at risk for a genetic disease based on your personal and family history.
Your regular doctor – or primary care provider – may refer you to a genetics specialist. If you have a genetic condition, you may need to see other kinds of medical specialists, too. Doctors with special training in a certain area of the body or in a particular condition may become part of your healthcare team.