Genomics vs Genetics

Genomics vs Genetics

Most people know that “genetic testing” refers to measuring traits that are passed from one generation to another. Traits like hair color or eye color, or diseases such as hemophilia, sickle cell disease or cystic fibrosis are examples of inherited characteristics. A genetic mutation results in a complete loss of function of that gene, resulting in a breakdown and meltdown of that gene’s ability to function, and most often leads to a disease condition.

In contrast, “genomic testing” refers to evaluating subtle variations (booboos) in a person’s DNA, called SNPs (pronounced snips) that result in the way a gene expresses itself (how it communicates with other cells). These SNPs may have the potential to create disease and premature aging. The good news is that a majority of these problematic SNPs (you know, the problem child) can be overcome by changes in diet, lifestyle, and environment and/or with nutritional supplements. Piece of Cake (I mean Kale)!

These gene “hiccups” (SNPs) can be inherited or occur spontaneously when DNA undergoes replication, a process that takes place when cells divide. Cells must go forth and multiply, as they know they have an expiration date!

So what does this have to do with YOU and getting Breast Cancer? Well, knowing how these SNPs impact your health AND knowing how to correct them, can be instrumental in avoiding and preventing you from getting many of the chronic diseases that are associated with aging, such as heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, and breast cancer. Wow, that’s incredible!

We now have the tools, expertise and skills to unzip your DNA (sounds sexy doesn’t it?), and discover your DNA “hiccups” that can lead to breast cancer. Then using evidence-based research, recommend specific, personalized action steps to reduce your risk of getting the most common type of breast cancer!