Forward brings an entirely new perspective to primary care, changing the way people think about and manage their health. In this two-part series, we’ll dive into the accelerating field of genetic testing and discuss why it should matter to you.
Genetic testing has begun to play a vital role in evaluating health risks, and it hasn’t gone unnoticed.
A full 93% of people are interested in genetic testing — yet less than a third believe their primary care doctors would be capable of interpreting the findings.
While we can’t speak for your old school doctor’s office, that’s not the case at Forward. Here, yourdoctor works with you from the start — from choosing the genetic test that’s right for you, to sitting side-by-side to interpret the results. That means no more web sleuthing for answers; no more paying extra for a pricey genetic counselor; and no more feeling in the dark about your results. We’ll make sure you fully understand the implications, and work with you to create a health plan that makes sense for you and your lifestyle. Whether that’s early screenings for increased cancer risks or changes in medication due to mutations in metabolic pathways, we’ll help you keep your eye on the ball.
Already have genetic testing through 23andMe? We’ve got you covered. Seamlessly connect your account to the Forward app, and create a customized health plan with your doctor. Have a burning question that slipped your mind in the visit? Use our app’s chat feature to get an answer from your doctor and Care Team within minutes. We believe in open and transparent communication when it comes to your health, so that you can be an empowered and informed participant.
But don’t just take our word for it:
“What I appreciated the most was the time my Forward doctor spent going over my genetic test results and making sure I fully understood them. I decided to participate in the family planning test and ended up uncovering 3 mutations I’m at risk of passing on, one of which also gave me an elevated risk of breast cancer due to my carrier status. When I first entered the exam room, my doctor had prepared detailed explanations for me to read over, and never once hurried me as I processed the news. When I had finished, she was patiently waiting to answer my questions and help create a plan for me. And when I had follow-up questions, she answered me right away on the app. I now know exactly what steps I need to take to give my future children the best chance for a healthy life, as well as the early screening I need to engage in to ensure any cancers are caught early. I can’t imagine how distressed I would have been had I been left alone to decode these results, and can’t thank her enough for turning what could have been a scarring experience into a truly enlightening and empowering one.” — Forward member, San Francisco
Genetic testing is an incredible tool that helps assess your disease risk and gives you a bigger picture of your overall health. Through holistic programs, including our Healthy Heart Program and our cancer prevention clinic, members create a plan of action for moving forward to better health.
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