Genetic testing has changed healthcare forever. It's allowing us to live longer by testing to see if we are prone to things like diseases, traits and drug responses. It takes family history to a whole new level. Making it possible to find things out if you've been adopted or simply lost your family and can't ask them. Science, now allows us to dive into our inner coding to see what could be there to stay safe in the future.
My family has a history of breast cancer and heart disease. I mentioned before about my families history with breast cancer. It's always in the back of my mind. After reading about Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy because she tested positive during her BRCA genetic testing. My mother and I spoke about it a few times over the years, about how we were going to take the BRCA analysis as well to see if we carried the gene mutation. The good thing about the BRCA test is that only one of us has to get tested for it (unless it runs in the father's side also) to find out if we carry it. My mother ended up getting it and it was negative, so it was good to hear.
23andMe Genetic Testing provides over 240 health profiles including the BRCA, asthma, and even heroin addiction. Another thing that has always fascinated me and my husband was learning about our ancestry. My husband loves to watch the show “Finding Your Roots” on PBS. 23andMe actually did the genotyping for the celebrities that were featured on the show. See what regions you come from. See if you have cousins in the area. I would love to learn more about my deep roots and Irish heritage.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.