Because knowing your family history plays such a crucial role in early treatment and diagnosis of these conditions, Cascade Genetic Screening was one of the standout strategies discussed. Not sure what that means? It’s a method for identifying people at risk for a genetic condition by tracing it through their family. Watch the video below for a great explanation!
At work and can’t watch? Here are some key takeaways:[list type="arrow"][li]Genetic conditions affect multiple family members[/li] [li]Once one person is identified, it’s important to look at the rest of their family since they’re at greater risk[/li] [li]Encourage family members to get checked[/li] [li]Let them know you have a genetic condition; they may not have symptoms but could be pre-symptomatic (or not showing signs yet)[/li] [li]Go beyond your immediate family to children, siblings, aunts and uncles, and so on[/li] [/list]
Familial Hypercholesterolemia is a common but treatable genetic disease. By treating it early, we can prevent life-threatening events.
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Cascade Genetic Screening and Public Health Policy