Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I need to take a genetic test?
How is my DNA collected?
What is done with my DNA after it’s tested?
What do I do if my results are positive?
What do genetic counselors do?
Other healthcare providers can order genetic testing; however, because these providers may not have expertise in genetics, some patients may receive results they do not understand, or may have questions that leave them confused and worried. APGNs and GCs are board-certified and have advanced genetics training that can help you interpret your test results, guide and support you as you seek more information about how inherited diseases or conditions may affect your family and/or you, and keep you up to date with rapidly changing discoveries in genetics that can impact your future healthcare management.
How can I reduce my risk of developing cancer?
Most cases of cancer are not hereditary. Getting your recommended cancer screening tests, maintaining a healthy weight and exercising, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol intake are some of the things experts agree on to lower cancer risk.
How much does the genetic test cost?
Is the genetic test covered by insurance?
If my testing does not proceed for insurance reasons, what happens to my specimen?
My relative tested positive for a hereditary cancer gene mutation. Why do you need a copy of these test results to test me?
If I proceed with genetic testing, can I be discriminated against at my job, or getting health insurance?
Health insurers cannot use genetic information to make eligibility, coverage, underwriting, or premium-setting decisions. They also are forbidden to ask or demand that you or your family members take a genetic test or provide them with any genetic information.
Employers cannot use genetic information in employment decisions such as hiring, firing, promotions, pay, and job assignments. Furthermore, GINA prohibits employers, agencies, unions, or apprenticeship programs from asking or demanding that you take a genetic test or provide them with any genetic information as a condition of employment.