Answers to Your Breast Cancer Genetics Testing Questions

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The phrase "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is proving itself true with the Breast Cancer Susceptibility (BRCA) genetics testing.  If you're shaking your head with questions about genetics testing, the Help Desk has the information you need. 

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The BRCA gene is the defining factor in the breast cancer gene screening. According to the National Cancer Institute, BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes help ensure the stability of the cell's genetic material (DNA) and help prevent uncontrolled cell growth. Mutation of these genes has been linked to the development of hereditary breast cancer. 

Before you make the decision to get genetic testing for breast cancer, consult with a genetic testing counselor. According to Emory's Department of Human Genetics, this consultation is to assess your risk factor for breast cancer. This can allow you to see if you may be at risk before you get the test. It can also help with payment for the BRCA Test since it checks into your family history.

Insurance will cover your genetic testing if you have a history in your immediate family. According to the Atlanta Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Center, if you have two cases of breast cancer in first generation relatives then insurance will cover the cost of the test. If you do not have more than one female relative in your immediate family, you can make a case to include second generation relatives. The test costs $4,000 on average without insurance and there is a minimum co-pay of $375 dollars. 

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