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Dr. Schulz offers in clinic hereditary cancer testing for genetically linked Breast and Ovarian Cancer. BRCA mutations are responsible for the majority of hereditary breast and ovarian cancers. People with a mutation in either the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene have risks of up to 87% for developing breast cancer and up to 44% of developing ovarian cancer by age 70.
Who should be tested?
Consult your physician for testing if you answer yes to more than 1 of the following:
- Personal diagnosis of breast cancer at age 50 or younger
- Ovarian cancer at any age
- Previously identified BRCA mutation in your family
- Three or more relatives with breast cancer at any age
- Two or more relatives with breast cancer, one under the age of 50
- Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry with a history of cancer
- Male breast cancer in the family
Why is testing important? Personalized medical treatment for the prevention of reproductive cancer. Genetic testing is a form of risk assessment that in the case of a positive result allows you the ability to inform family members so they can take preventative measures as well. If testing yields negative results it can reduce anxiety and stress.
Genetic Testing Facts:
- Genetic testing is done via a mouthwash sample or a blood draw
- Insurance generally covers 90% of testing costs
- Privacy laws are in place to protect you so you can not be denied insurance and will not change your premium
- Optional payment plans are available if necessary
- Dr. Schulz uses Myriad the company that introduced the first molecular diagnostic test for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer
For more information contact Dr. Schulz for a consultation to see if you are a candidate for testing. Other types of genetic testing are also available such as testing for Lynch Syndrome and MTHFR testing.