With a lot of caution, this test could help drive a consumer-driven healthcare model
Despite the safety and reasonable effectiveness of the at-home genetic test for breast cancer, most mutations in BRCA genes that increase an individual’s risk are not detected by this test. Moreover, the results may be overwhelming and upsetting, potentially burdening one’s mental health and putting them in a tailspin or providing them with a false sense of security. Regardless, the at-home genetic test is risk information that is relevant, affordable, and can lead to potentially life-saving interventions, so a balance must be made. “We will continue pioneering a path for greater access to health information, and promoting a more consumer-driven, preventative approach to healthcare,” said Wojcicki.