Requests for genetic tests a headache for GPs

Geneticists are urging GPs to avoid unnecessary testing for familial cancer risk in the face of mounting patient pressure.

Direct-to-consumer marketing for genetic testing and tests being ordered without appropriate counselling may cause unnecessary anxiety, says Dr Mike Field, clinical geneticist and director of the Genetics of Learning Disability Service.

“Some of [these] may be uncovering carrier status for quite common conditions which people are going to worry about, but the level of anxiety may not