"Having this conversation empowers us all," said Rebecca Nagy, a genetic counselor who works frequently with women who test positive for a defective version of the BRCA1 gene, as Jolie did. "It's wonderful what she's done."
The rapidly evolving prenatal testing landscape is one that geneticists and genetic counselors must watch closely, says Jennifer Hoskovec, Director of Prenatal Counseling Services at the University of Texas in Houston, and President Elect of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC)
You'll want professional help to sort through the facts. Visits to genetic counselors are often covered by insurers and billed like doctor's visits. You can find a counselor at nsgc.org
But the field is growing, and there are professional organizations like the NSGC focused on that growth. "The curve is moving in the right direction, but our focus at NSGC is to be more intentional about that growth and not be passively hoping that we grow," Nagy says. To that end, the organization
The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) published new
guidelines that define a subset of predictive genetic alterations with well-established implications for medical care, and recommend that laboratories test for and disclose these results in all circumstances as a routine part