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What are the potential problems with genetic testing for breast cancer?

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Genetic testing is not 100 percent accurate. Even if your test is negative, there is still a possibility that you could get breast cancer. With a positive test, you have about a one in five chance of getting breast cancer

Genetic testing is expensive, and can cost up to $3,000, depending on the type of test. Your insurance may not cover some or all of the costs.

It can take several weeks to get your results. Genetic testing is controversial. Laws have been passed to protect people with documented genetic risk for cancer from facing discrimination for jobs or insurance. It’s a good idea to join an established genetic registry that can provide counseling and advice.

SOURCE:
National Breast Cancer Coalition.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 9, 2019

SOURCE:
National Breast Cancer Coalition.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 9, 2019

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