Understanding your genetic predisposition to cancer can help you and your doctor make more informed decisions about your health. Whether or not you have already been diagnosed with cancer, it might have important implications for you and your family. We can perform a simple test to find out if you carry a gene mutation that makes you at higher risk for certain cancers. Knowing your genetic status empowers you to take life-saving steps such as:
Early and more frequent cancer screenings (i.e. Breast MRIs, colonoscopies, etc.)
Take risk-reducing medications
Elect to undergo preventative surgery
At Women’s Care of Beverly Hills, we regularly screen patients for hereditary cancer syndromes based on their personal and family history of cancer. The red flags to look for in your personal and family history that might make you an appropriate candidate for testing are:
Multiple cancers on the same side of the family
2 or more: breast/ovarian/prostate/pancreatic cancer
2 or more: colorectal/endometrial/ovarian/gastric/pancreatic cancer
2 or more: melanoma/pancreatic cancer
Young cancers diagnosed under the age of 50
Male breast cancer or triple negative breast cancer
Colorectal cancer with abnormal MSI/IHC, MSI associated histology
Endometrial cancer with abnormal MSI/IHC
10 or more gastrointestinal polyps
To find out if you may be at risk of carrying a genetic mutation, and whether you may be a candidate for hereditary cancer genetic testing, please contact us to meet with one of our providers.
Because patients and their families use test results to make life-saving medical decisions, Myriad never wants cost to be a factor when determining whether to move forward with genetic testing. Myriad promises to provide affordable access to testing, lifetime commitment to accurate results, and comprehensive support for ALL appropriate patients and their families.
For more information on cost and financial assistance options around testing with Myriad Genetics, please visit: https://myriadpromise.com/ (Or if you’d like them not to use a link lets insert the following:)
Myriad genetic tests are covered by 97% of private insurance, 3 out of 4 patients pay $0, and the average out of pocket cost is $54.