Fanconi anemia type G

Fanconi anemia (FA) type G is a condition that occurs when the body's ability to repair DNA is damaged. When people are affected by FA their quickly dividing cells - like bone marrow are most affected. This leads to significant health problems like bone marrow failure, physical abnormalities, organ defects, and an increased risk of acute myeloid leukemia or other cancers.

People who have FA also present with extreme tiredness, frequent infections, clotting problem and other blood-related problems. Treatment is focused on managing the individual's symptoms.

Quick facts about Fanconi anemia type G
Genes: FANCG
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A quick genetics rundown

As humans we have about 23,000 genes. These genes are like tiny instruction manuals that influence our health, growth and development. We inherit half of our genes from our biological mum and the other half from our biological dad. These genes are lined up on structures called chromosomes. Most of us have 23 pairs of chromosomes. The first 22 pairs are called autosomes and for the most part - these are the same among men and women. The 23rd pair determine our sex - two X chromosomes for a female and one X and one Y chromosome for males.

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How is Fanconi anemia type G inherited?

What is carrier screening?

Carrier testing is like a checkup for your genes. It tests to see if you carry a gene variation that could cause a serious genetic disease in your child. Eugene offers an inclusive genetic carrier screening panel that includes Fanconi anemia type G, but there's a total 301 conditions that can be tested.

Eugene’s carrier test is a clinical grade test that can be done from the comfort of your own home — it’s just a saliva test. You're also paired with a genetic counsellor who provides mindful support and guidance every step of the way.

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Should parents screen for Fanconi anemia type G before or early in pregnancy?

The biggest benefit of screening for Fanconi anemia type G is that it can help future parents understand their reproductive risk so they can be ready and empowered to make more informed decisions. If neither partner are carriers, it provides reassurance and peace of mind that the risk of having a child with a genetic disease is low.

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