What is Genetic Testing?
Genetic testing is a medical test that identifies changes in chromosomes, genes, or proteins. The results of a genetic test can be used to confirm or rule out a potential genetic condition or help determine a patient’s likelihood of developing or passing on a genetic disorder. More than 1,000 genetic tests are currently in use, and more are being developed every day.
Genetic testing is one of the most significant recent technologies for cancer prevention. With the help of genetic testing, a patient can go beyond family history and look to their genetics to more accurately determine their risk factor for developing cancer.
How does it work?
If your doctor recommends hereditary cancer testing, it can be done very easily at an office visit. We offer Myriad myRisk® hereditary cancer testing. From our office, you will speak with a genetic counselor who will gather information about your family history. A simple blood draw is done at a lab and the sample is sent to Myriad for analysis. Within two weeks, your results will be available. Your doctor will go over the results with you and help you create a personalized plan.
Who is it for?
Genetic testing can be beneficial if you or a family member have a history of cancer. Hereditary cancer testing can help determine if you are at risk of developing a cancer; it is a crucial first step in early prevention.
What about the cost?
Billing for genetic testing is done by the genetic testing company (Myriad). Myriad will contact your insurance company for an estimate of coverage. Generally speaking, genetic testing is well covered: 97% of private health insurance companies cover genetic testing.
Learn about your risk
Cancer history management should become a regular addition to your annual wellness examination. It will increase the chances of early detection and help reduce your risk of developing cancer.