This is concerning, a press statement by the National Society of Genetic Counselors
says, because "although there is limited research, taking female hormones may increase breast cancer risk in transgender women, especially those with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation.
are healthcare professionals who have intense training and experience in the psychological implications of genetic testing.
Jennifer Stallworth, one of the genetic counselors
at Greenwood Genetic Center, explained that her role is to counsel patients who may be considering the test, including informing them about the risk for chromosomal conditions in their pregnancies, and discussing the pros and cons of NIPT, compared with other screening and diagnostic testing options.
Pregnant women learning of a fetal abnormality customarily receive some form of genetic counseling, be it by a certified genetic counselor
or other medical professional.
One mother said, "Our genetic counselor
connected us with the local parent to parent group which enabled us to make connections with others parents of children with Down syndrome.
com (2014) reports the median annual salary for a genetic counselor
as $66,090 or an hourly wage of $32.
For instance, what if a cardiologist who is well versed on long QT syndrome genetic tests counsels his patients, but they are then required to meet with a genetic counselor
to review the same information?
A genetic counselor
can take a closer look at your family history to determine whether an inherited mutation appears to be responsible for the cancers in your family and can advise you as to whether testing is available.
To help decide if genetic testing is right for you, talk with a genetic counselor
about your family history.
I most often see individuals who have had one or more family members with a certain type of cancer and who want to know what this may mean for them," explains Carrie Zabel, a board-certified genetic counselor
at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
Brenda is a genetic counselor
in Elwyn, Pennsylvania.
Genetic testing isn't cut-and-dried," notes Cristi Radford, a certified genetic counselor
at SMH's Genetic Education Program.