Women's Health

Research Reveals Many Women Do Not Follow Through with Recommended Genetic Testing

Research Reveals Many Women Do Not Follow Through with Recommended Genetic Testing

Research Reveals Many Women Do Not Follow Through with Recommended Genetic Testing

An August 28, 2017 UCLA research report revealed that most women in this study did not take a recommended genetic test. All study participants had a history of breast and/or ovarian cancer.

To better understand the importance of this finding, some basic information is of help. A gene is the unit of heredity that carries on family traits from generation to generation. The hereditary material in genes is called DNA which instructs the body to make proteins. In pregnancy, when a human egg and sperm unite, DNA from both parents come together. If the DNA is altered in any way(mutated) that affected gene also becomes a part of each cell.