What you need to know about hereditary cancer, the types of genetic or DNA testing available to consumers without being ordered by a healthcare provider, and resources to help you make the decision that’s right for you.
Your Guide to at-home BRCA testing
Why speak with a Genetic Counselor?
You may want to meet with a genetic counselor to discuss your questions and what the most appropriate next steps are for you. Genetic counseling services may be offered through clinics and hospitals while others may be offered by telephone or video.
A genetic counselor can:
- Review your results, how they impact your cancer risk and your own screening recommendations
- Coordinate confirmatory testing to make sure your at-home DNA test results are accurate, if needed
- Review your family history to identify other relatives who may benefit from genetic testing
- Help you find ways to discuss this information with your relatives
- Recommend any additional genetic testing related to cancer or other disease that may apply to you based on your personal and/or family history
- Help you find the most affordable testing options and navigate insurance coverage for genetic testing
- Help answer other questions you may have about your genetic health
- Point you to quality, reliable resources for more information or to get connected with others who have similar information about their genetic risks
There are resources available to help you find a genetic counselor. Additional resources are also available on gathering your family history and protecting your privacy.