Genetic Testing

Why consider genetic testing?

Although genetic testing can be a powerful tool for cancer prevention, it is not right for everyone. Individuals who have an average risk for cancer likely won’t gain anything from getting tested, but the test is very useful for those who may be at increased or high risk. Genetic counselors can assess your family history to see if there is a medical indication for genetic testing.

What are the benefits of genetic testing?

The answer is quite simple: it may save your life. If a genetic counselor determines that you have a high risk of developing cancer, you may want to consider options that reduce or eliminate the risk of specific cancers. Some of these options include:

How do I get genetically tested?

At CCI we obtain a DNA sample by a simple blood draw at our facility. Typically these labs are drawn the same day as the clinic visit for genetic counseling. However, this is not mandatory. Patients partner with our genetic counselor to make not only an informed decision about genetic testing, but also a decision that fits their individual goals. Some people may need more time to make a decision.

How much does a genetic test cost?

Our genetic counselor works very hard to ensure the cost of genetic testing remains low, and most often patients have no personal out-of-pocket cost for the testing. There are never surprise bills for genetic testing. A comprehensive conversation about genetic testing costs/insurance coverage, financial assistance (if appropriate) will be discussed in detail at the genetic counseling appointment.

Who is a candidate for genetic testing?

Below are some of the “red flags” associated with people that are considered high risk for a genetic disorder. This list is not inclusive, but if you have one or more of the following, please discuss your risks with your primary care physician to determine if you are a candidate for genetic counseling.

Red Flags for Hereditary Breast and Gynecological cancers:

Red Flags for Hereditary Colon Cancer

A personal or family history of rare cancers may warrant a genetic evaluation. There is not harm in setting up a genetic counseling consultation if you are concerned about your cancer risk.