There are over 400,000 children in the foster care system in the United States. Many of these children are unable to access their family health history and therefore have no idea what diseases they might be predisposed to.
Fortunately, there are advancements in DNA testing and these advancements are now available in home testing kits. These kits can provide valuable information to many of these foster children and allow them to learn what diseases they might be predisposed to.
Angelina Jolie recently made an impressive and brave decision to undergo preventative cancer surgery after genetic testing revealed she carries the BRCA1 gene mutation, which puts women at a higher risk for developing reproductive cancers. Adoptive and foster care children can also have this knowledge available to them to seek guidance with health decisions more than ever before.
Check out this infographic below to find out even more information regarding foster care children and genetic testing.
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