Take Action

Now that you’ve got the information and the tools to help you move forward, turn your awareness into action. There are a few ways to get started.

Get Started on Your Own

Work with a genetic testing lab that lets you begin the process online.

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If you choose to initiate genetic testing on your own, you can go through the lab’s independent network of physicians and genetic counselors who will order the test on your behalf. Want to start the process, but prefer to keep your own provider in the loop? No problem, these genetic testing labs can do that too. Being able to start the process on your own is a relatively new option that offers a lot of convenience, but you typically can’t pay with insurance. You might choose this route if you don’t qualify for testing through your insurance or if you simply want to by-pass insurance.

These genetic testing labs provide a patient-initiated ordering option:

Get Tested with Your Healthcare Provider

Visit your provider to get started with genetic testing.

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Going through your healthcare provider is a great option if you prefer face-to-face interactions, giving you a chance to walk through your risk level, test options, and next steps in person. Working with your healthcare provider also means someone can help navigate health insurance complexities and you’ll have a person you trust when you get your results.

Getting started is as easy as calling your healthcare professional and asking to talk about genetic testing.

Talk to a Genetic Counselor

Work with a genetic counselor to determine what’s right for you.

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If you aren’t sure where to begin – or you’re not sure if testing is the best option for you – a genetic counselor can walk you through it all and help you decide what’s next. Don’t know how to find one? You can get a referral from your healthcare provider, talk to a lab’s staff genetic counselor, or use the locator below. You can also use the Ask a Genetic Counselor resource to take the first step.

If you choose to initiate genetic testing on your own, you can go through the lab’s independent network of physicians and genetic counselors who will order the test on your behalf. Want to start the process, but prefer to keep your own provider in the loop? No problem, these genetic testing labs can do that too. Being able to start the process on your own is a relatively new option that offers a lot of convenience, but you typically can’t pay with insurance. You might choose this route if you don’t qualify for testing through your insurance or if you simply want to by-pass insurance.

These genetic testing labs provide a patient-initiated ordering option:

Going through your healthcare provider is a great option if you prefer face-to-face interactions, giving you a chance to walk through your risk level, test options, and next steps in person. Working with your healthcare provider also means someone can help navigate health insurance complexities and you’ll have a person you trust when you get your results.

Getting started is as easy as calling your healthcare professional and asking to talk about genetic testing.

If you aren’t sure where to begin – or you’re not sure if testing is the best option for you – a genetic counselor can walk you through it all and help you decide what’s next. Don’t know how to find one? You can get a referral from your healthcare provider, talk to a lab’s staff genetic counselor, or use the locator below. You can also use the Ask a Genetic Counselor resource to take the first step.

Tools You Can Use

Considering testing

If you’re haven’t already decided to get tested, these tools and resources are a good way to get started.

Assess Your Risk Quiz

Working with a Genetic Counselor

Questions to Ask Your Doctor or Genetic Counselor

Family History Worksheet

 

Dealing with logistics

These resources will prep you to understand your options and make you more insurance savvy.

Evaluating Your Test Options

Insurance 101

Getting Support

Sometimes it’s nice to hear from your peers. Bright Pink’s support programs can help no matter where you are on your genetic testing path.

PinkPal® One-on-One Support

Group Peer Outreach Support