The Benefits of Getting Tested
There are many potential benefits of getting tested, no matter what the results are.
If you have a family history of cancer, there is a chance that a gene mutation may be present in your family. A gene mutation could increase not only your personal cancer risks but also risks for your children and other family members.
Someone who carries a gene mutation associated with hereditary cancer may get cancer much earlier in their life than someone in the general population, so the earlier testing can take place, the easier it may be to manage the risk.
Your personal healthcare provider is your best resource for information and advice about screening for hereditary cancer. He or she can help you decide if you might benefit from the test.
How genetic testing works
A genetic test requires a sample of your DNA, which is present in the cells that make up your body.
Your doctor will collect a small blood or saliva sample from you. The sample will be sent to Myriad Genetic Laboratories to determine whether you carry a gene mutation that might increase your risk for cancer.
Genetic Testing Process
First, your healthcare provider will review your family history. He or she will want to know who has had cancer, what types of cancer, and at what ages they were diagnosed. It is important to discuss the family history on both your mother’s side and your father’s side.
If you or your family members have had any of the following, your healthcare provider can explain how genetic testing may benefit you:
- Cancers diagnosed younger than age 50
- Rare cancers (such as ovarian, pancreatic, metastatic prostate, breast cancer in both breasts, or breast cancer in a male)
- Three or more relatives with cancer
Information For Family
If your test shows that you do carry a gene mutation that increases your risk for cancer, this is powerful information that can help both you and your family. You and your healthcare team can use the results to support plans and informed decisions about your health.
Other family members may need to be tested in order to find out if they too share the same genetic trait that can increase their cancer risk. You can help your family understand that if they get tested, the information from their results will enable them to take steps to reduce their cancer risk dramatically.
Testing can also provide reassurance for family members who are not at increased risk when they test negative for a family mutation.
Talk with family members about getting tested and explain how knowledge can help them take steps to reduce their cancer risks.
Insurance and Financial Assistance
Myriad promises to partner with you toward your complete satisfaction
Because patients and their families use test results to make life saving medical decisions, Myriad promises to provide affordable access to testing, a lifetime commitment to accurate results, and comprehensive support for ALL appropriate patients and their families.
If a patient encounters ANY financial hardship associated with their test, Myriad will work directly with the patient toward their complete satisfaction. Myriad offers a generous financial assistance program to limit the out-of-pocket cost for those who meet eligibility criteria. Your healthcare provider can submit an application for financial assistance.
Patients with questions regarding their Myriad bill or insurance Explanation of Benefits should contact Myriad rather than their health care provider. Myriad is here to help: 844-MYRIAD9 (844-697-4239) or fill out the form below: