How private is genetic information?

| 22/11/2018 | 2 Comments

Cayman News ServiceAre there any laws or policies that protect personal genetic information from being released to health insurance companies in the Cayman Islands? I’ve been talking to a friend who is wary of being tested for the BRCA gene mutations that cause increased risk of certain cancers. Their doctor does not know whether if someone signs up for a new health insurance policy, they will be obliged to declare a genetic mutation like that as a “pre-existing condition”, even though they have absolutely no cancer symptoms or diagnosis at the time.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    just get 23andme test; sign up under a fake name if you wish, it is certainly more secure. They run Black Friday family specials. I got it in 2012 and never regretted. It takes few clicks to see data on a particular gene. Lots of free online services that interpret it. That is how I found out that I have vitamin D receptor (VDR) mutations that explains so much about my health issues. No doctor would have ever connected the dots.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    At this very early point in genomic mapping, it isn’t an exact science. My 23andMe results gave a narrow range of likelihood for all kinds of physical characteristics that were completely bogus. I wouldn’t put much credence in any of it. Did find a 3rd cousin tho!

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