If you have a personal or family history that suggests a BRCA gene mutation, Genetic Counseling by a qualified trained professional is recommended.
A genetic counselor will carefully assess your family history and discuss the following:
Qualified Cancer Genetics Professionals have advanced degrees and specialized training in genetics, cancer, counseling, and hereditary cancer syndromes.
Genetic testing for hereditary cancer is very complex. There are many different genes in addition to BRCA1 and 2 that can be evaluated, and testing several genes at once is possible. Cancer genetics professionals have the skills to determine which type of genetic testing is best for you and your family.
Interpreting the results of a genetic is often not straightforward. Uncertain or uninformative results can occur. Cancer genetics professionals have the knowledge to correctly determine what these results mean, and how they can best be used to customize your screening and risk reduction options.
Cancer genetics professionals can provide you, your family members, and your healthcare providers with the information, support and resources to ensure the best possible outcome from cancer genetic testing.
Qualified cancer genetics professionals can be located at:
The Genetic Information Non discrimination Act (GINA), a federal law passed in 2008, prohibits health insurance companies and employers from discrimination based on family or genetic test results. Most states also have laws that prevent health insurance companies from using this information to deny coverage or charge higher rates. Read more information about GINA here: http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/genetic.cfm and http://www.genome.gov/10002077
Most health insurers do cover the cost of genetic counseling and testing if your personal or family history is suggestive of hereditary cancer. Your cancer genetics professional can help you navigate insurance coverage for these services.