You’ll find tons of amazing resources – from expert voices to peer perspectives – as you’re deciding to undergo genetic testing. Often, these different professionals will work together to provide you with the best information and support. Remember, the people you talk to all have different backgrounds, different points of view – and different ways of helping you.
Finding someone to talk to is one thing, but being sure that you are asking the right questions… is another. Some questions that you should consider include:
We’ve gone ahead and created a full list of questions to help guide your conversations with your healthcare provider or genetic counselor.
For women at increased or high risk, a network of peers offering support and advice can mean the world.
A genetic test will tell you if you have (or will develop) cancer.
A genetic test does not detect or predict cancer. However, a confirmed gene mutation will tell you if you are at higher risk for developing cancer, which gives you the opportunity to be proactive in reducing your risk.LEARN MORE
A negative genetic test result means you won’t ever get cancer.
Only 10-15% of cancer is inherited. The majority of cancers are sporadic without a known genetic link. So a negative result (meaning no identified gene mutation) does not mean you will never develop cancer.LEARN MORE
Your health insurance or employer can use your result against you.
The federal Genetic Information and Non-Discrimination Act (GINA) protects you from medical insurance companies and employers discriminating against you on the basis of genetic information. Many states have additional protective legislation in place.LEARN MORE