Genetics Program

BRCA JeneScreen Genetic Screening Program

Can genetic testing be harmful?

Finding a BRCA gene fault can understandably cause distress and increased anxiety about the risks of cancer for the person and their family.

Many studies have shown that in most cases, this distress eases with time. People who are more likely to have ongoing distress are those with a past history of emotional distress, anxiety or depression, or those who do not have strong social supports. Testing is not advised at a time of particular stress, such as when a relative is ill or recently deceased.

Anyone considering genetic testing who has concerns that they may be more vulnerable are advised to speak with a genetic counsellor before testing.

Our genetic counsellor can be contacted via emailing

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