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What is genetic counseling and evaluation?
Genetic professionals work as members of health care teams providing
information and support to individuals or families who have genetic disorders or
may be at risk for inherited conditions. Genetic professionals:
Assess the risk of a genetic disorder by researching a family's history and
evaluating medical records.
Weigh the medical, social and ethical decisions surrounding genetic
Provide support and information to help a person make a decision about
Interpret the results of genetic tests and medical data.
Provide counseling or refer individuals and families to support services.
Serve as patient advocates.
Explain possible treatments or preventive measures.