Is genetic testing worth it for breast cancer? Genetic testing in your family members who have not had breast or ovarian cancer is unlikely to be helpful, unless another relative is known to have a mutation. In some cases testing might still be helpful for another family member who has had breast or ovarian cancer.
How much does it cost to test for the BRCA gene? Without insurance, BRCA testing can range from roughly $300 to $5,000 or more, depending on copayments, coinsurance, lab fees, and more.
What happens if you test positive for the 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.