About Genetic Counselors

Who are

Genetic Counselors

Genetic counselors are professionals who have specialized education in genetics and counseling to provide personalized help patients may need as they make decisions about their genetic health. Today, there are more than 4,000 certified genetic counselors.

Genetic counselors are professionals who have specialized education in genetics and counseling to provide personalized help patients may need as they make decisions about their genetic health. Today, there are more than 4,000 certified genetic counselors.

Genetic Counselors Have Advance training

Medical genetics and counseling to interpret genetic test results, and

to guide and support patients seeking more

information about such things as: 

  • How inherited diseases and conditions might affect them or their families.

  • How family and medical histories may impact the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence.

  • Which genetic tests may or may not be right for them, and what those tests may or may not tell.

  • How to make the most informed choices about healthcare conditions

Where do genetic counselors work?

Most genetic counselors work in a clinic or hospital and often work with obstetricians, oncologists, and other doctors. Like doctors, genetic counselors can work in a variety of settings and provide different services. They may provide general care, or specialize in one or more areas, including:

 

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  • Cancer – for patients with cancer and their family members

  •  Additionally, some genetic counselors focus on research, including collecting information such as detailed family histories and that helps researchers and advances care for people with a genetic condition

For more information about Genetic Counselors visit the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

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