Genetic Testing

5Genetic testing may be an option if you have a family history of breast cancer or other cancers.

Through a blood or saliva test, scientists can identify specific inherited mutations in BRCA or other genes.

Talk with your doctor about whether genetic testing is a good option for you. Your doctor can also recommend a genetic counselor who can discuss your testing options with you in detail.

Check with your insurance company to see if BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation testing is covered under your plan.

Genetic counseling and testing for people at high risk is a covered preventive service under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Sources
BRCA1 and BRCA2: Cancer Risk and Genetic Testing; National Cancer Institute
Breast Cancer; Mayo Clinic
Breast Cancer; American Cancer Society

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