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.
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.
At what age should BRCA testing be done? 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.
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.