Graphical representations of possible hemochromatosis inheritance.
1 in 9 Canadians Carries the Gene for Hemochromatosis
Genetic testing for hereditary hemochromatosis examines the gene responsible for mutations that cause the gene to become defective. HFE genetic testing confirms the diagnosis of HFE hemochromatosis in individuals with clinical symptoms consistent with hemochromatosis and/or biochemical evidence of iron overload.
Hereditary hemochromatosis is caused by changes (mutations) to the HFE gene associated with hemochromatosis.
A genetic test can confirm or deny the presence of gene mutations known to be associated with hemochromatosis.
Genetic testing is available through your doctor or via a private testing laboratory.
Prior to undergoing genetic testing for hemochromatosis, you may wish to consider securing insurance for life, disability, critical illness and/or extended health.