Genetic Counseling: An Important Step

If you're interested in getting BRCA tested, talk to your doctor about your options. They may also recommend a genetic counselor to guide you through the process of getting tested.

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What is a genetic counselor?

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Genetic counselors are trained specialists who help others understand genetic information. A typical visit with a genetic counselor might include questions about your family history, discussion of treatment options if a mutation is found, or referrals to other resources for help.

These visits can be useful when deciding whether or not you should be tested, which genetic test is right for you, and what your results mean. Your counselor will give you the information you need to decide if it's appropriate for you or your family members to be tested.

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Will my insurance cover
genetic testing?

Most insurance policies cover testing for people who have had cancer or who have a family history of cancer. If you do not have insurance or testing is not covered by your insurance, some testing companies may cover the cost of testing. Medicare covers BRCA testing for individuals who qualify based on several factors, including a family history of cancer. Medicaid covers BRCA testing depending on where you live. See whether or not your state qualifies.

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How do I find a genetic counselor?

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Genetic counseling may be a useful step to knowing your BRCA status. Your doctor can help you find a genetic counselor, or you can use your ZIP code to easily find genetic counselors near you.

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If you’re looking for additional help to find a genetic counselor, you may want to consider using a telegenetic counseling service. This is a service that can offer genetic counseling over the phone or through video conferencing. There are several places that offer telegenetic counseling, and here's a place to start. Be sure to check with your insurance provider to confirm telegenetic counseling coverage.

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