Why Get Genetically Tested?
Confirm or Deny the Presence of Gene Mutations
Once appropriate screening indicates suspicion of hereditary hemochromatosis, a genetic test can confirm, or deny, the presence of the gene mutations known to be associated with hemochromatosis. Since the key to prevention of diseases caused by too much iron is early detection, genetic testing is recommended for first degree relatives of an individual who has a genetically confirmed diagnosis of hereditary hemochromatosis. See Symptoms and Diagnosis/Testing for more information.
It is important to remember that genetic testing is a personal decision that can have implications that extend beyond the individual to the family or to biological relatives. Genetic counselling may be beneficial prior to and/or following a genetic test as counselling can help individuals understand their genetic test result and what this information might mean for them and their families. A genetic counselling session can help an individual decide if genetic testing is right for them by enabling them to weigh the benefits of testing – such as preventing organ damage and premature death – with the unintended consequences (such as inadvertent disclosure of non-paternity).
Genetic counselling services are available by a referral through your doctor.