Although many of the genes included in Invitae’s proactive health tests are considered adult-onset conditions (i.e., they are not often seen in young children), there may be implications of this testing for other biological relatives. If an individual decides to pursue proactive testing, he or she may want to seek clinical genetic counseling to determine how and when to approach family members who may also be at risk. Just as with anyone seeking proactive testing, the earlier this information is shared, the more likely proper interventions can be implemented to potentially reduce or eliminate the risk of disease onset.
For individuals who receive a positive test result, Invitae offers testing for that specific gene to their first-degree family members at no additional charge. Family testing orders must be placed within 90 days of the original patient’s test result. Learn more >