Genetic counseling is the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological, and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease.

The genetic counseling process integrates the following:

  • Interpretation of family and medical histories to assess the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence
  • Education about inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources, and research
  • Counseling to promote informed choices and adaptations to the risk or condition

-National Society of Genetic Counselors

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