GPs urged to resist demand for genetic tests

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

More 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