How to Get Tested

With more genetic testing options available today than ever before, there is a lot to know. We’ve got you covered with everything you need to understand from the different types of tests available to what your results may mean and everything in between. Knowledge really is power and it’s never been easier to make informed choices.

Testing 101

Take a few minutes to learn genetic testing basics. Once you’re armed with information on the different types of genetic tests available to you, the labs that run these tests, how insurance comes into play and the implications of your results, you’ll feel empowered to start making informed decisions.

Different genetic tests, different testing labs
The specific test that the lab runs depends on things like your ancestry and personal risk factors for breast and ovarian cancer. It also depends on the types of products or tests that each given lab offers. Learn more about the difference between the various tests and the labs that perform them.

TEST OPTIONS

Costs & Health Insurance
The way you pay for testing may be a major factor in your decision, but it doesn’t have to drive your decision. As testing becomes more common, some health insurers – and even some labs– are working to make genetic testing affordable for all women, no matter their financial situation.

PAYING FOR YOUR TEST

Results
Understanding what your results mean and what you can do next, gives you an opportunity to plan ahead and have meaningful conversations.

GETTING YOUR RESULTS

“I’d known for a while that I should probably get tested—because my mom and her sisters all had cancer. But I didn’t know where to start. They were never tested so I didn’t have a clue. And it just seemed scary. But once my doctor explained the process—and how I could get help along the way—I was ready to go.”

- STACEY

Myth

Genetic testing is painful

Reality

Most genetic tests can be done with a simple blood test. If needles make you queasy, using your salvia to test is another option!

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Myth

Genetic testing is expensive and is never covered by insurance.

Reality

With the Affordable Care Act, women with a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer are eligible for counseling and testing at no cost due. Plus, many health insurance plans cover testing with very little or no out of pocket expenses. For women who are uninsured or want to bypass insurance, there are financial assistance programs and low-cost options.

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Myth

You have to go see your doctor to get tested.

Reality

While starting with your healthcare provider is good option, it may not work for everyone. There are options that allow you to start the testing process with a testing lab along with their network of physicians.

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