Modern medicine is adopting more and more of a proactive approach to providing care for people because our ability to anticipate ailments currently surpasses our ability to mitigate many of them. Rather than doing a biopsy when symptoms arise or waiting until a scheduled scan turns up a worrisome result, patients and medical practitioners are finally making the move toward an approach that seeks to identify the potential for illnesses by investigating known genetic precursors that can be easily tested for, even when a particular person appears to already be at peak health.
“When you factor in the incredible costs associated with treatment of serious illnesses like Cancer or Alzheimers disease, as compared to the much more cost-effective and completely non-invasive methods available via a simple gene test, the evolution in modern heathcare makes sense immediately” said James Gorson of GeneTest.org “Obamacare legislators, corporate health care policy makers, pharmaceutical companies and Doctors all have a vested interest in allocating resources in a much more efficient manner than the old model allows.”
It costs pennies to swab saliva and send it to a lab, or takes only minutes to get a simple blood test at a local lab. Conversely, a single course of chemotherapy can be a severely life-diminishing campaign to battle cancer – even though many forms of cancer can now be completely avoided with a higher degree of detection and screening thanks to the modern miracle of genetic testing.
As health care costs continue to rise sharply for nearly every form of treatment along a wide spectrum of medical procedures, one of the few expenditures that goes against the grain of that trend is the growth of gene tests and the increasingly simplicity of the way they are performed. In the coming years, an ounce of prevention may become worth much more than a pound of any cure because the exchange rate is rapidly tilting further in favor of the people who are vigilantly diligent about their own genetic markers, family history and ancestral profiles.