Ancestry’s DNA Health Screening Will Require a Doctor’s Order from PWNHealth, an Independent Network of Board-Certified Physicians and Genetic Counselors

Ancestry said Tuesday that its new consumer health tests (described in an earlier article in this newsletter at will require authorization by a physician.

As mentioned in the original announcement: “Ancestry has partnered with PWNHealth, an independent network of board-certified physicians and genetic counselors, to offer these services, which are included in both AncestryHealth Core and AncestryHealth Plus.”

Ancestry Chief Executive Officer Margo Georgiadis says the company wanted to focus on providing ways for its tests to integrate easily into the care patients receive from their regular doctors.

“That’s really why we chose a path that has a doctor,” she says, “so that the consumer not only can find out a risk factor, but they can seamlessly take a lab report with clinically recommended guidelines into the doctor’s office so that there’s a clear next path for action.”

You can read more in an article in the Health Data Management web site at:


I hope people read the article in Health Data Management rather than simply glancing at the headline, which might otherwise lead some to think that they’ll incur an expensive bill from a physician even before they’ve ordered their Ancestry Health test.
23andMe have chosen a different approach, but have been criticised for only testing for a few of the harmful variants of the BRCA gene which can cause breast cancer.
At the moment anyone can take an autosomal DNA test intended for genealogical purposes and upload the results to the Promethease website, (which is free until the end of 2019 courtesy of MyHeritage, the new owners). Of course, everyone has harmful mutations, so the results can be a bit worrying, especially for those who struggle with statistics.
Ther good news is that as more people test, especially from different communities, the health benefits can only increase.


    That’s an important point! If a test intended to assess hereditary risk of breast cancer only tests SOME of the known mutations, and the customer/patient doesn’t understand this limitation, there is a very real risk of assuming that a negative result means, definitively, no increased risk of breast cancer, In that case, the consumer/patient could be making a serious mistake. For any medical test, it is important to know about any relevant conditions that are NOT included in the test. The matter is often so complicated that self-diagnosis based on popular genetic test results is not likely to be a good idea.


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