does breast or ovarian cancer run in your family?
If so, you should know about BRACAnalysis®… a genetic test that can let you know your risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) by identifying a BRCA gene mutation. Knowing your risk can help you be ready against hereditary cancer—so you and your doctor can take steps to manage your risk.
about brac analysis testing:
It has helped thousands of women get information that enabled them to make important choices and take steps to reduce their risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The results of this genetic test could make a significant difference in your life and the lives of your family members depending on your family history of cancer.
The cost of BRACAnalysis is reimbursed by most insurance plans.
The test could make a significant difference in your life.
is testing right for you?
This is not a test for cancer: it is a test that can tell you if a higher risk for breast and ovarian cancer runs in your family. Knowing your risk can help you and your doctor make better, more informed decisions about your health, before cancer has a chance to develop. You should consider testing for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) syndrome if you:
- Breast cancer at age 50 or younger
- Ovarian cancer at any age
- Male breast cancer at any age
- Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry and a personal or family history of an HBOC-associated cancer*
- Two breast cancers in the same person or on the same side of the family
- Triple negative breast cancer at any age
- Pancreatic cancer and an HBOC-associated* cancer in the same person or on the same side of the family
- There are three family members with breast cancer in the same side of the family
- A previously identified BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation in your family
* HBOC-associated cancers are breast, ovarian and pancreatic.
If You Think You May Benefit From Testing, First Ask Yourself These Questions:
should i consider the test?
People with certain factors in their family and personal history may benefit from testing. The Be Ready Quiz can help you learn whether you could benefit from the test. If so, a discussion with your doctor can help you decide whether the test is right for you.
how can the test help me?
BRACAnalysis® results help women make more informed healthcare decisions—before cancer has a chance to develop.
- A woman who knows she carries a BRCA mutation can start cancer screening at an earlier age. She can also choose options like risk-reducing medications and preventive surgery.
- Doctors can help women move forward with the right action plan for their particular risks.
- Women already diagnosed with cancer may be able to prevent a second cancer.
- Test results can help relatives learn and understand more about inherited risk and how it may affect them.
will my health insurance pay for the test?
Most health insurance companies pay for testing. More than 90% of tests receive coverage, and the average reimbursement is more than 90%.
if i get tested, will my health insurance discriminate against me?
Federal and state legislation protects your privacy and prohibits health insurance discrimination based on genetic information. About 200,000 people have been tested in the last 10 years and there are no documented cases of discrimination. There are also many published articles showing that it’s really fear of discrimination rather than the reality of discrimination that keeps people from considering testing.
1. BRAC Now: http://www.bracnow.com/considering-testing/