|Title:||How genetic testing is swelling the ranks of the ‘worried well’|
|Citation:||Savard, Jacqueline, How genetic testing is swelling the ranks of the ‘worried well’, The Conversation, Sept 2012|
|Abstract:||Genetic testing and screening is increasingly becoming a presence in our lives. Daily news reports discuss new associations between genes and common conditions. And these associations are used to calculate risks for individuals who have the genes for the conditions, but don’t display any symptoms. In essence, these people become the “worried well”, a group of people not yet ill, but at risk of developing diseases. Genetic tests and over-diagnosis Once restricted to the domain of the clinic, genetic testing is now available to most people, either through their doctor or via the internet. There are a variety of tests in the market, some of which can provide risk estimates associated with complex common diseases such as diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. A major concern with such tests is that they’re the beginning of a path toward over-diagnosis, where the potential to develop a disease or being at risk for the disease is strong enough to constitute a label of sickness.|
|Type of Work:||Article|
|Appears in Collections:||Research Papers and Publications. Sydney Health Ethics|
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