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Wamberg Genomic Survey: 75% of Consumers Polled Respond Genetic Testing Can Help People Live a Longer/Better Quality of Life

Wamberg Genomic Advisors
Posted on: 30 Oct 17

LA JOLLA, Calif., Oct. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Seventy-five percent (75%) of the respondents, aged 26-64, responded that genetic testing can help people live a longer and better quality of life according to a survey fielded in October 2017.  Of the respondents, 33% have had genetic testing; 69% responded that they have never had any genetic testing.  Of those that have had genetic testing, 52% found the results useful. Forty-five percent (45%) of respondents who have not had genetic testing would like to have it, and 38% are considering it. The Wamberg Genomic Survey was fielded by Survey Sampling International (SSI), a premier global provider of data solutions and technology for consumer and business-to-business survey research.

The Wamberg Genomic Survey shows an increase in genetic testing by respondents.  A survey conducted by STAT and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in January 2016, showed that only 6% of respondents had genetic testing.

Survey results are below:

Q:  Do you think genetic testing can help you live a longer and better quality of life?

- Yes/Probably


- Unsure


- Likely/Definitely not



Which of the following types of genetic testing have you had?*



- At-home genetic testing to determine ancestry


- At-home genetic testing to determine possibility
to develop certain diseases or conditions in the future         


- Physician/genetic counselor-provided genetic testing
to determine possibility to develop certain future


- Physician/genetic counselor-provided genetic testing
to help with the prevention, diagnosis,
and/or treatment of a disease or condition 


- Physician provided genetic testing to determine
best treatment options for cancer                


- Physician or genetic counselor-provided testing to determine
if a carrier for a disease/condition that could be passed to children       


- Other          


- Never had any genetic testing   



Generally speaking, how did you feel when you received the results of your genetic tests?  


- Useful 


- Relieved by the results    


- Confusing                


- Disappointed by results            


- Testing caused anxiety/mild depression       



If you have never had genetic testing, would you like to have genetic testing?  


- Yes


- Considering


- No


According to Dr. Phil Smalley, Chief Medical Director of Wamberg Genomic Advisors, "We knew that as genetic testing prices fell, we would see more of the public getting these tests performed, and this survey is definitely showing that trend. It is obvious that the public wants various forms of genetic testing done and people see the potential health benefits. By making this testing more available and affordable to employees through Corporate Wellness Programs and Employee Voluntary Benefits, this could improve public health and lower health care costs on governments and health insurers."

About the Survey
The Wamberg Genomic Consumer Survey queried 536 U.S. consumers 26-64. The survey was fielded by Survey Sampling International (SSI) in October 2017. Data for the survey was collected via an opt-in panel. The margin of error was 4%.

About Survey Sampling International:
Survey Sampling International (SSI) has been the premier global provider of data solutions and technology for consumer and business-to-business survey research for 40 Years.  For more information, go to   

About Wamberg Genomic Advisors:
Wamberg Genomic Advisors mission is to make genomic testing readily available at prices everyone can afford. Our focus is on delivering genomic products and services to employers and their employees via their trusted benefit brokers, and policyholders of life insurance companies. To discover more about WGA and the future of genomics, visit

* Total percentages may exceed 100% because respondents were able to choose multiple responses.

Editor's Details

Mike Wood

Last updated on: 30/10/2017

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