Asked by: Arhimo Duchscherer
asked in category: General Last Updated: 23rd April, 2020

What age should you get tested for BRCA gene?

Legally someone can pursue genetic testing for BRCA1/2 mutations at age 18, but it is important to know that even at age 18, screening and follow-up recommendations will not change. This is because the cancer risks associated with BRCA1/2 rarely manifest before the late 20's or 30's.

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Also question is, how much does it cost to get tested for BRCA gene?

There are different types of BRCA testing, and recently, more laboratories have begun to offer BRCA testing. At times, testing is fully covered by insurance. If not covered by insurance, there are self-pay are available starting at around $250, though the cost of the test varies by laboratory.

Likewise, is BRCA gene always inherited? Most cases of breast cancer are not caused by inherited genetic factors. For example, mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern, which means one copy of the altered gene in each cell is sufficient to increase a person's chance of developing cancer.

Herein, when should BRCA testing be done?

You might be at increased risk of having an inherited gene mutation that increases the risk of breast and ovarian cancers — and a candidate for genetic testing — if you have: A personal history of breast cancer diagnosed before age 45.

What is the criteria for BRCA testing?

We categorized criteria based on personal history of breast or ovarian cancer; family history of breast or ovarian cancer; race/ethnicity; age at diagnosis; BRCA mutation carrier status, family member carries a BRCA mutation, and/or other criteria.

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