|Is your test comprehensive?
Direct-to-consumer (DTC) tests may provide information on only a few genes and a few variations. In reality, there are thousands of gene variations that are important for understanding your cancer risk. Clinical tests provide comprehensive information on a broad set of genes definitively linked to cancer.
|Was your test designed for health decisions?
Most DTC testing companies note that test results should not be used to make health decisions, whereas clinical tests are ordered by a clinician and are intended to provide medically actionable information.
|Do you need clinical confirmation?
If you had a DTC test, ask your doctor to get it confirmed by a clinical test, designed to give you and your doctor the information to make decisions.
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