It is well established that many diseases are inherited and/or are caused by genetic mutations. Over the past few years, scientists have identified
genetic markers for many of these diseases, allowing medical care providers and testing facilities to develop genetic testing programs.
Some of the diseases for which scientists and doctors screen include:
- Down syndrome
- Cystic fibrosis
- Sickle cell anemia
- Tay-Sachs disease
- Duchenne muscular dystrophy
- Huntington's disease
- Some cancers (basal cell carcinoma, colon, breast, and ovarian)
Scientists are hopeful that they will have screening processes for Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and other
cancers in the near future.
You can learn more about health screening by visiting the following sites.
Several DNA tests are common for genetic screening.