What tests are available for hereditary breast and ovarian cancers (HBOC)?

The genetic test for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) consists of an analysis of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes by sequencing and large rearrangement. If you meet certain criteria outlined in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines, most insurance providers will cover the cost of genetic testing.

Knowledge of a mutation in the BRCA genes enables one to be proactive in reducing their risk of cancer, treatment choices and identifying family members who may be at risk (or not) of having a mutation.

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