This is a sponsored post on behalf of Counsyl. Though I received a complimentary test for my time, all opinions are my own.
Last month I introduced you to the awesome DNA Testing technology offered from Counsyl.
This simple, yet effective DNA test uses a small sample of saliva or blood to look at up to 24 genes associated with an increased risk of certain cancers, such as breast, ovarian and colon, as well as other types of cancer.
Some of the genes we inherit from our parents are meant to protect us from certain cancers – however, sometimes we inherit an irregular version of one of these genes, called a mutation (no, not the kind that turns you into a Ninja Turtle, or an X-Man with superhero capabilities – though that would be awesome) meaning, that you’re more susceptible to developing one of these cancers at some point in your life. The Inherited Cancer Screen can look for these irregularities – so that you can work with your doctor to lower your risks.
Now I have had many family members diagnosed with cancer – my grandpa had brain cancer, my great-grandpa had a cancerous tumor, both my Grandmas had breast cancer, and my uncle had lung cancer. Needless to say, I wanted to see what my risks might be in developing an inherited cancerous disease, so that I could do everything possible in preventative care.
Signing up for the free test was pretty simple – I registered, answered a few questions, got approval from my Doctor, and they sent a Fed Ex box with instructions on how to take a saliva sample, and how to return the box for testing. (If I can do it, anyone can). The hardest part was coming up with enough saliva to fill it up to the fill line – but over a few minutes I was able to.
I mailed it in, and I received an e-mail letting me know that they received it, and they’d get back with me with the results.I have to admit. I was a bit nervous. With the family history on both sides of my family, I have to be honest – I wasn’t expecting good news.
Needless to say I was super thrilled to get my NEGATIVE result, but either way, I wanted to know. There are some things that are just not better left off for later – learning and knowing now, can help you plan for your future.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Counsyl. The opinions and text are all mine.