ICYMI, January 25, 2019

Published on January 25, 2019

Updated on November 1, 2019

23andMe Just Got FDA Approval for a DNA Cancer Test

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23andMe Just Got FDA Approval for a DNA Cancer Test

TUESDAY, January 22, 2019 (TIME magazine)—DNA testing company 23andMe Inc. said it has gotten the green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to offer consumers a test for a hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome.

23andMe said it will now be able to tell customers whether they have two genetic variants that influence MUTYH-associated polyposis, a rare condition associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. The FDA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

NOTE: The Prevent Cancer Foundation® advises anyone considering this form of genetic testing to consult with a health care professional, as receiving a negative result may give you a false sense of your cancer risk. Read our full statement.

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