A genetic test is available to check for the mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. Testing is accomplished by taking a blood or saliva sample. Test results may help you make decisions about how to reduce your cancer risk; however, there are no standard criteria for who should be tested. In addition to a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, you may want to think about genetic testing if you have breast or ovarian cancer and a family member with the disease or if you have a blood relative with the harmful mutation.
Because increased risk of cancer, women with a family history should talk with their doctor at an early age to determine if genetic testing is appropriate. Counseling can help you understand whether testing is appropriate for you. You should also check your insurance coverage as the cost for testing ranges from several hundred to several thousand dollars, and your out - of - pocket cost will depend upon your insurance policy. If you are not covered by an insurance program, please call so we may discuss available options.
For more information about genetic testing and counseling, call (423) 495-6744.