Deciding to get genetic testing can let you know all of your treatment options. If you have cancer, you’ll know whether or not you qualify for certain treatments. If you don’t have cancer, knowing your status can prompt you to proactively address your cancer risk. This can include yearly cancer screenings or other ways to reduce your risk.
Getting a genetic test is an important first step in the process. Either your doctor or genetic counselor will collect a DNA sample. Then, they’ll send it to a lab to be tested. In a few weeks, you’ll know your BRCA status. In many instances, insurance will cover a BRCA test if your family history indicates that you’re at risk of having a BRCA mutation.
If you have cancer, genetic testing can help provide information about your family’s risk of developing cancer. If you don’t have cancer, genetic testing can help inform you of your own cancer risk. With this knowledge, you can decide to take action.