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Genetic Counselors in Dubai: What You Should Know About Genetic Testing

Genetic Counseling in Dubai can help you understand your genetic risks for certain diseases, or passing on an inherited disease to your child

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1 November 2021

Last updated on 2 November 2021
Genetic Counselor in Dubai at Mediclinic City Hospital

Did you know? Each year, millions of people are undergoing genetic testing to learn more about their risks for certain inherited diseases, whether they’re a carrier for certain conditions or if they have a genetic mutation, like BRCA, which could lead to cancer.

These tests aren’t meant to scare patients, rather, to provide them with the tools they need to make informed health decisions.

When you consult with a Genetic Counselor, you can learn about genetic testing, diagnosis, and counseling to help you manage your personal health or future family plans.

What are Genetic Counselors?

Genetic counselors in Dubai are the experts in helping people understand these test results and guiding patients and their health care providers in incorporating and actioning these results in their medical management.

Genetic counseling has many benefits, including being sure the right genetic test is ordered to avoid unnecessary costs or inappropriate tests, helping patients understand complex test results and how to use the information, and providing peace of mind for patients fearful about inheriting a disease.

Genetic Screening in Dubai at Mediclinic City Hospital

Genetic counselors are healthcare professionals with advanced training in medical genetics and psychosocial counseling who partner with patients seeking information about inherited conditions affecting them or their families.

Genetic counselors work with patients and their physicians to:

  • Understand family historyDiscuss the risks
  • Benefits
  • Limitations of genetic testing
  • Interpret results and implications of genetic testing
  • Help communicate this information to concerned family members

They practice in a variety of healthcare settings, including but not limited to prenatal, fertility, pediatrics, metabolic, cardiovascular, neurology, and cancer care. They can offer education and support to the multidisciplinary team, while providing management advice for both affected patients and the extended at-risk family members.

As genomic technologies are implemented across many disciplines within healthcare, genetic counselors are playing a key role in enabling non-genetic health professionals learn, understand, and integrate genomic data into their practice.

This Thursday 4th of November 2021 is Genetic Counselor Awareness Day, and to celebrate, I would be glad to discuss how I can help you further. Please feel free to reach out to Sonika at [email protected]

Sonika Sachanandani-Phulwani at Mediclinic City Hospital

Sonika Sachanandani-Phulwani
Genetic Counselor
Mediclinic City Hospital, Dubai

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