Comprehensive BRCA Testing in Orlando with Expert Genetic Counseling Included

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Discover the assurance of expert BRCA genetic testing at our Orlando lab. Specializing in accurate and confidential screening for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, our service provides vital insights into your risk for breast and ovarian cancer, backed by professional support and clear, understandable results.

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Discover the power of personalized health with our BRCA At-Home Test Kit, enhanced with professional genetic counseling. This innovative kit is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of your genetic risk for breast and ovarian cancer, enabling you to take proactive steps towards your health and well-being.

Who Should Consider Testing

  • Individuals with a Family History: Especially if there is a history of breast or ovarian cancer in your family.
  • Those with a Personal History of Cancer: Particularly if you had cancer at a younger age or have had multiple cancers.
  • Anyone Interested in Preventative Health: Understanding your genetic risk can be a key component in your overall health strategy.
  • People of Ashkenazi Jewish Descent: Higher prevalence of BRCA mutations in this population.

YOU may be at risk of having inherited a BRCA mutation if you have:

  • Diagnosis of breast cancer personally before the age of 45
  • Personal history of breast cancer before the age of 50 and a family history of breast or ovarian cancer
  • Diagnosis of triple negative breast cancer before the age of 60
  • History of ovarian cancer
  • Diagnosis of male breast cancer or male breast cancer in the family
  • Family history of breast and ovarian cancer especially in first degree relatives who developed disease at a young age (Genetic Counseling can help clarify)
  • Family history of breast and ovarian cancer in multiple first and second degree relatives

Advantages of Testing

  • Early Awareness: Knowledge about BRCA mutations can lead to early detection and prevention strategies.
  • Informed Decision Making: Results can guide personal choices about health, lifestyle, and family planning.
  • Access to Preventative Measures: Knowledge of BRCA status can open up options for early interventions.
  • Peace of Mind: Gain clarity about your genetic risk and take control of your health.

Guidelines for Testing

  • Privacy and Consent: Testing is conducted with full confidentiality and informed consent.
  • Sample Collection: Easy-to-follow instructions for saliva collection are provided.
  • Post-Testing Counseling: Comprehensive counseling to help interpret results and discuss next steps.

FAQs about BRCA Testing

Q1: What does the BRCA test look for? A1: The BRCA test looks for mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which can significantly increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

Q2: How accurate is the BRCA at-home test kit? A2: Our BRCA test is highly accurate and uses advanced genetic sequencing technologies to detect mutations.

Q3: What happens if I test positive for a BRCA mutation? A3: A positive result doesn’t mean you will definitely develop cancer; our genetic counselors will help you understand the results and discuss preventive measures.

Q4: Can men use this BRCA test kit? A4: Absolutely, BRCA mutations are also relevant for men and can increase the risk of certain cancers.

Q5: How long does it take to get results? A5: Results are typically available within a few weeks after the sample is received at our lab.

Our BRCA At-Home Test Kit with Genetic Counseling is more than just a test; it’s a comprehensive approach to your genetic health, offering insight, guidance, and peace of mind.

Sample Type

  • Saliva sample collected with Zymo SafeCollect Swab

Method

  • Massively Parallel Sequencing

Shipping

  • Note: Result turnaround times are only an estimate and may be subject to change.
    • Depending on what you choose shipments can arrive anywhere from 1-5 days
    • Results are returned usually within 2 weeks

Patient Preparation

  • No special preparation is needed

What is the purpose of BRCA gene mutation testing?

  • What are the specific cancers associated with BRCA gene mutations?
    BRCA gene mutations are particularly associated with an increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers. Inherited harmful mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene can significantly elevate the lifetime risk of developing these specific types of cancers.
  • How do genetic mutations contribute to the development of disease?
    Genetic mutations are permanent changes in the DNA that make up a person’s genes. While not everyone with a harmful genetic mutation will develop a specific disease, these mutations can contribute to disease development. In the case of BRCA gene mutations, they disrupt the normal cellular processes, making it easier for cells to grow abnormally and potentially develop into cancer.
  • How do BRCA gene mutations increase the risk of developing certain cancers?
    BRCA gene mutations can increase the lifetime risk of developing certain cancers. These mutations impair the normal function of the BRCA genes, leading to a reduced ability to produce tumor suppressor proteins. As a result, cells are more prone to abnormal growth, increasing the likelihood of cancer development.
  • What happens if someone inherits a harmful mutation in their BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene?
    If an individual inherits a harmful mutation in their BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene, their body becomes less efficient at producing tumor suppressor proteins. This decreased efficiency makes it easier for cells to grow abnormally and increases the risk of developing cancer.
  • What are BRCA genes and what is their normal function?
    BRCA genes are genes that are inherited from parents and are responsible for producing proteins called tumor suppressors. These tumor suppressors help in preventing abnormal cell growth and maintaining the normal functioning of cells in the body.

What is BRCA gene mutation testing?

  • What is the purpose of BRCA gene mutation testing?
    The purpose of BRCA gene mutation testing is to identify whether you have inherited mutations in your BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, which can indicate a higher risk of developing certain cancers, particularly breast or ovarian cancer. This knowledge allows individuals to make informed decisions and take appropriate steps to manage their cancer risk.
  • What does the BRCA gene mutation test involve?
    The BRCA gene mutation test involves analyzing a blood sample, saliva, or cells from inside your cheek to determine whether you have inherited mutations in your BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.
  • How does knowing if a harmful mutation is present enable people to take steps to reduce their cancer risk?
    Knowing if a harmful mutation is present in your BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes enables you to take steps to reduce your cancer risk. It allows individuals to be proactive and take measures such as increased cancer screenings, preventive surgeries, or making lifestyle changes to lower their risk.
  • What specific cancers can BRCA gene mutation testing reveal a higher risk for?
    BRCA gene mutation testing can reveal if you are at higher-than-average risk of developing certain cancers, especially breast or ovarian cancer.
  • What are the different methods of sample collection for BRCA gene mutation testing?
    BRCA gene mutation testing can be performed using a blood sample, saliva, or cells removed from the inside of your cheek.

 

Can follow-up tests be necessary after a positive test result?

Follow-up tests can indeed be necessary after receiving a positive test result. In the case of a positive result from a direct-to-consumer test, it is crucial to obtain confirmation through a test conducted at a clinically-approved laboratory. This additional step ensures the accuracy and reliability of the initial test result.

Furthermore, if it is determined that you have a harmful mutation, your healthcare provider may recommend follow-up tests to screen for cancer and detect it at an early stage. The specific tests recommended will depend on individual circumstances, and your healthcare provider will guide you in identifying the most appropriate options.

These follow-up tests may include various screening methods for specific types of cancer. For instance, in the case of breast cancer, your healthcare provider may recommend mammograms or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. For ovarian cancer, ultrasound examinations and CA-125 tests can be utilized. Similarly, a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test may be advised to evaluate the potential presence of prostate cancer. Additionally, imaging tests such as MRI or ultrasound scans may be employed to screen for pancreatic cancer.

In conclusion, when faced with a positive test result, additional follow-up tests are often recommended to confirm the initial finding and to enable timely and effective screenings for specific types of cancer. It is essential to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate course of action for your individual situation.

What steps can be taken to reduce the risk for those with a harmful BRCA mutation?

For individuals with a harmful BRCA mutation who have not been diagnosed with cancer, several steps can be taken to lower their risk:

1. Adjustments in cancer screening: Regular screening tests can be modified to detect any signs of disease before symptoms appear. This may involve undergoing screening tests more frequently, having them done earlier than usual, or opting for different types of tests. Common screening methods include mammograms, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and blood tests.

2. Medication options: Two medications, tamoxifen and raloxifene, have received approval for use in preventing breast cancer among individuals at high risk. For those facing an increased risk of ovarian cancer, the use of birth control pills is often recommended. These pills have been found to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by as much as 50%.

3. Surgical interventions: Surgical procedures can play a significant role in reducing the risk of breast and ovarian cancer for individuals at an elevated risk. Removal of breast tissue (prophylactic mastectomy) or the removal of ovaries can greatly reduce the likelihood of developing these forms of cancer. As each procedure carries its own set of risks and benefits, it is crucial to have a comprehensive discussion with a healthcare professional to make an informed decision.

It is important to note that these recommendations are intended for individuals who have a harmful BRCA mutation but have not yet been diagnosed with cancer. For individuals already diagnosed with cancer, different treatment approaches may be necessary.

How are BRCA gene mutation test results interpreted?

BRCA gene mutation test results are interpreted based on three possible outcomes: negative results, positive results, and variants of uncertain significance (VUS).

Negative results indicate that no known harmful mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes were found. If a harmful variant runs in your family but was not detected in your sample, the result may be considered a “true negative.” On the other hand, if there is no known harmful gene mutation in your family and your test is negative, it may be labeled as “uninformative.”

Positive results indicate that a harmful gene mutation has been detected. This is commonly reported as “pathogenic” on the test report, meaning disease-causing. However, having a pathogenic or harmful gene mutation does not guarantee that you will develop a hereditary cancer. It simply means that your risk is increased.

Variants of uncertain significance (VUS) are identified when the test detects mutations in genes that have not previously been associated with a higher cancer risk. These results often occur when multigene panel testing is conducted, which evaluates multiple genes. Most VUS are eventually reclassified as negative, indicating they are not associated with increased cancer risk. However, a small number of VUS may be later determined to be harmful.

Overall, the interpretation of BRCA gene mutation test results involves assessing the presence or absence of harmful mutations, understanding the significance and implications of the identified mutations, and monitoring any variants of uncertain significance for further classification and understanding.

What should I expect during a cheek swab sample collection?

During a cheek swab sample collection, you can expect a healthcare provider to remove a sample of cells from the inside of your cheek. They will use a small spatula-like instrument or a foam brush to gently collect the cells. Alternatively, you may be given the instrument and instructed on how to perform the collection yourself. The procedure is designed to be quick and painless, ensuring minimal discomfort for you.

Can I still get testing if I don’t have health insurance?

Certainly! That is why we include genetic counseling with our BRCA testing. We believe this is a health ethics issue and that everyone should have access.  Even if you don’t have health insurance, there are still options available for you to undergo testing.

Can I still get testing if I don’t have health insurance?

There are a number of options. You can submit our invoice to your insurance company.  Otherwise, if you would like us to bill insurance, we need an order from your provider.

Insurance coverage for genetic testing varies depending on your individual circumstances and health care plan. In many cases, if a doctor or genetic counselor recommends genetic testing for you, your insurance will typically cover the cost. However, it is important to note that you may still be responsible for some out-of-pocket expenses, such as copays and deductibles, depending on your specific situation and health insurance policy.

If you currently do not have health insurance, there may still be options available to you. Your primary care provider or genetic counselor may deem genetic testing medically necessary and work with you to find alternative ways to cover the cost. Additionally, some laboratories offer financial assistance programs that can help individuals without insurance access necessary genetic testing.

Ultimately, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider, genetic counselor, or insurance provider to understand the specific coverage and potential out-of-pocket costs associated with genetic testing in your situation.  If you would like us to bill insurance please CONTACT US in advance of ordering

How can I find a BRCA gene mutation test?

Here of course.

1. Start by discussing your concerns about family history of cancer with your primary care provider. Inform them about the specific types of cancers that have occurred in your family, the age at which the cancers were diagnosed, whether any relatives had multiple cancers, and if you have Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. Sharing this information with AI Diagnostics will help us to assess the likelihood of a genetic mutation in your family.

2. After you order, we will connect you with a Geneticist or Counselor.  This is a specialist who can evaluate your level of risk by considering various factors. They will also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of genetic testing and address any concerns or questions you may have.

3. Once you schedule an appointment with our genetic counselor, they will perform a comprehensive risk assessment based on your family history, medical records, and other relevant factors. This assessment will determine the probability of you carrying a harmful gene mutation.  We will use this information in assessing your test results

By following these steps, you will be able to find a BRCA gene mutation test and gain a better understanding of your genetic predisposition to certain cancers.

When should I get BRCA genetic mutation testing?

BRCA genetic mutation testing should be considered in several situations. Expert groups, such as the National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the American College of Medical Genetics, recommend testing for individuals who have specific personal or family history criteria. These include:

1. Personal history criteria:
– Diagnosis of female breast cancer under the age of 45 to 50, or at any age if of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
– Diagnosis of triple negative breast cancer (estrogen receptor (ER)-, progesterone receptor (PR)-, and HER2-negative) at age 60 or younger.
– Diagnosis of two or more primary breast cancers, with one diagnosed under the age of 50.
– Breast cancer at any age and a relative with breast cancer under the age of 50.
– Male breast cancer.
– Ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer.
– Metastatic prostate cancer.
– High-grade prostate cancer and Ashkenazi Jewish heritage.
– Pancreatic cancer.

2. Family history criteria:
– A close relative who meets any of the personal history criteria mentioned above.
– A biological relative in the family who has been identified as having a harmful BRCA gene mutation.
– Ashkenazi Jewish adults, regardless of any personal or family risk of cancer.

It is important to consider the cancer history of both your maternal and paternal sides of the family as harmful mutations can be inherited from either your mother or father.

In some instances, BRCA gene mutation testing may be discussed after an individual has already been diagnosed with cancer. If a mutation is identified in the cancer patient, it is recommended that other family members be tested for that specific gene mutation. Parents, children, brothers, and sisters of the patient all have a 50% chance of carrying the same mutation.

What does a negative result mean?

What does it mean if there is no known family history of harmful gene mutations and the test comes back negative?
If there is no known family history of harmful gene mutations and the test comes back negative, it may be described as ‘uninformative.’ This means that since there is no known harmful variant in the family, a negative result does not provide significant information about the individual’s risk for developing certain conditions related to BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations.

What does it mean if a harmful variant known to run in the family is not detected in the individual’s sample?
If a harmful variant known to run in the family is not detected in the individual’s sample, the result may be reported as a ‘true negative.’ This means that even though the specific harmful variant was not found, it does not rule out the possibility of other harmful gene mutations in the individual or family.

What does a negative result mean in the context of genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations?
A negative result means that no known harmful mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes were found in the individual’s genetic sample.

 

Learn More: See our FAQs about BRCA Testing

References
  1. https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/genetics/brca-fact-sheet
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