Benefits of Precision MedicinePrecision medicine can help you protect your health and navigate health conditions by:
- Knowing your family health history A family history of certain diseases can increase your risk for developing a disease. By knowing your family health history, you can help your doctor take steps to prevent the disease or in some cases, find it early. If you’re at high risk for certain diseases, your doctor may recommend genetic testing.
- Getting screened before you have symptoms Screenings, like colon or breast cancer screenings, can help your doctor detect a disease before you begin having symptoms.
- Tailoring disease prevention Some people have genes that make it more likely they’ll inherit or be at risk for a condition. By using a precision medicine approach, your doctor can give you a more tailored approach to prevention, which could include increased screenings, medications or surgery.
- Personalizing disease treatment Precision medicine allows your doctor to provide targeted treatment. If you have a disease, your doctor may treat you with a medicine they know is more effective for people with disease due to genetic changes. Or, your doctor may not prescribe you a certain medication because you have a gene variant that makes you more likely to suffer side effects.