Who is eligible for genetic testing for breast cancer? Among other criteria, current guidelines recommend genetic testing for someone diagnosed with breast cancer if: there is a known mutation in the family. the person was diagnosed at age 50 or younger. the person has been diagnosed with two primary breast cancers.
How much does it cost for genetic testing for breast cancer? The Cost of Breast Cancer Genetic Testing
A genetic test for breast cancer does not cost as much as most people believe, including health care professionals. BRCA testing can cost up to $2,000 depending on the lab doing the test. What is important to know is that most labs will only test for the BRCA genes.
What happens if you test positive for BRCA gene? A positive test result indicates that a person has inherited a known harmful variant in BRCA1 or BRCA2 (these are typically called “pathogenic” or “likely pathogenic” variants on laboratory test reports) and has an increased risk of developing certain cancers.
What age should you get tested for BRCA gene? Most health organizations recommend testing women who have a family or personal history from age 25. This is also the age at which it is advised to begin periodic screening for the early diagnosis of breast lesions, such as manual exams by a surgeon and imaging tests.