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    I'd say save your money. As linked piece says, if you have some Neanderthal genes, so what? It's a bit like that with the health stuff too. There are specific tests for specific problems, but unless you have symptoms, knowing there's a risk of Alzheimers, for example, gives you knowledge you can do little with. It might be better not to know, and deal with it iF it arrives, rather than worry for years about something that might not happen.

    https://www.quora.com/Is-genetic-testing-good-or-bad
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    In doing a little research there is the following website that lists the many different At-Home Screenings. However, I cannot recommend any of them since I am not a doctor nor have I used them. So, for information only. In my personal opinion, it is always better to go to the doctor to have a specific test done. Sometimes the most difficult of tests are the very ones that can save your life!

    Home Health Testing

    https://www.homehealthtesting.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by DemoWhip View Post
    In doing a little research there is the following website that lists the many different At-Home Screenings. However, I cannot recommend any of them since I am not a doctor nor have I used them. So, for information only. In my personal opinion, it is always better to go to the doctor to have a specific test done. Sometimes the most difficult of tests are the very ones that can save your life!

    Home Health Testing

    https://www.homehealthtesting.com/
    None of these are tests my MD would order.

    Which, I suppose, is a clue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    None of these are tests my MD would order.

    Which, I suppose, is a clue.
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    The 23andme thing WON'T tell you if you're predisposed to Alzheimers. Or cancer. Or heart disease. Or anything you've even heard of before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasselas View Post
    The 23andme thing WON'T tell you if you're predisposed to Alzheimers. Or cancer. Or heart disease. Or anything you've even heard of before.
    They certainly claim to!

    That's false advertising.

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    Is there a genetic test for Alzheimer's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    True.

    But not for screening.

    I hate pain.
    There is little to no pain. A colonoscopy is a simple procedure that needs to be done on everyone 50 years of age. Don't gamble on life or death.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sassy View Post
    It isn't painful. It's just a PITA to do the prep. You don't feel anything during or after the procedure. It's just a looky-loo. Nothing is hurt.
    The prep was much worse than the procedure, IMO. An in my case, they found (and removed) an adenomatous polyp. Normally, they would recommend that I return in ten years; their finding knocked it down to five. It's a pain in the ass*, and I'm dreading it, but I fear cancer WAY more than I fear pain.




    * Ha!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    I am considering a genetic test for health information, but it is spendy.

    23andme.com

    Is this worth $200, IYO? I have no health information about my mother's family health issues.

    I also am considering at-home screening for colon cancer, and possibly to have the flora in my gut tested.

    Anyone here with an opinion on those?

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    Genetic testing maybe.. If it is performed by a reputable laboratory, might give you a hint that you may have a genetic trait that my increase your changes of heart disease or come types of cancer. So you can make medical decisions on REAL screening in the future.

    Using an at home test for Colon Cancer and bypassing a colonoscopy is stupidity. (the home screening test is an occult blood "hidden blood" in your feces, which can be positive if you have eaten a large steak the evening before).

    Gastric flora will not give you an indication of cancer, (H. pylori) can indicate you are developing an Ulcer... if you have been on antibiotics detect C. diff.

    Take a probiotic round every week or so that will solve most enteric flora issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Djinn View Post
    The prep was much worse than the procedure, IMO. An in my case, they found (and removed) an adenomatous polyp. Normally, they would recommend that I return in ten years; their finding knocked it down to five. It's a pain in the ass*, and I'm dreading it, but I fear cancer WAY more than I fear pain.




    * Ha!
    Yes everyone has said the prep is the bad part. I think we're talking about this in three different threads now!

    And HA about your Ha!

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