85% of
women

who are diagnosed with breast
cancer have little to no family history

Many factors contribute to
breast cancer risk.

  • DNA – Many of us have small changes in our DNA that can increase our risk for cancer. While one or two of these DNA markers won’t make
    much of a difference, many markers together can have an impact on your risk.
  • Age – Your risk for cancer increases with age.
  • Family History – Your family medical history can provide important clues about your risk for cancer.
  • Additional Risk Factors – Other factors, like menopausal status and breast density, can impact your risk as well.

GeneType for Breast Cancer includes all of these factors in one comprehensive risk assessment

Results based on sound
science.

GeneType’s Breast Cancer tests have been trusted by healthcare providers for over 7 years. Our CLIA certified laboratory analyzes over 70 genetic markers scientifically proven to be associated with breast cancer.

GeneType for Breast Cancer predicts your risk of breast cancer, as compared to other women like you, based on genetics and other risk factors. The test will not tell you if you have breast cancer today or if you definitely will or will not develop the disease in the future.

GeneType for
Breast Cancer is a

clinical test

and must be ordered
by your healthcare provider.

What does the test tell me?

Breast Cancer Risk

  • Average Risk

    You have a similar risk to other women of
    your age and ethnicity. Follow your
    healthcare provider’s instructions on
    mammograms and breast self-exams.

  • Increased Risk

    Your breast health discussion with your healthcare provider should cover a range of strategies to reduce your risk including screening methods and frequency, medications and lifestyle factors.

  • Be proactive about your breast health.

    See if GeneType for Breast Cancer is right for you

$249

Patient
Self-Pay

GeneType for Breast Cancer
is a self-pay test

Learn more about Self-pay

It’s easy.

  • 1.

    Find out if GeneType
    for Breast Cancer is
    right for you.

    Answer a few simple questions to
    learn if the test is right for you.

    View questions
  • 2.

    Talk to your healthcare
    provider about genetic
    risk assessment testing.

    GeneType for Breast Cancer is a clinical test
    and must be ordered by your healthcare
    provider.

  • 3.

    Swab your cheek.

    Your healthcare provider will rub the
    swab between your cheek and gums to
    collect a sample.

  • 4.

    Discuss your results
    with your healthcare
    provider.

    Approximately three weeks after your
    sample is sent to the lab, your
    healthcare provider will receive your
    personalized risk assessment in an
    easy-to-understand report.

FAQs

Will insurance cover this test?

This test is not generally covered by insurance. Your ordering healthcare provider will discuss the cost of the test with you. A credit card authorization form will be included in the test kit that list the payment options.

What will my GeneType for Breast Cancer results tell me?

Your results will tell you, based on genetics and other risk factors, your risk for developing sporadic breast cancer over two different time periods: in the next 5 years and in your lifetime. Your risk will be compared to the average risk for someone of your age and ethnicity. You and your healthcare provider can use this information to develop a personalized screening and risk reduction plan.

If I already get my regular mammogram, do I still need to know my breast cancer risk score?

Great work maintaining your routine mammogram screening! Your breast cancer risk score can help you and your healthcare provider develop a personalized screening plan for you, which may involve additional screening than just mammogram alone. How does GeneType for Breast Cancer assess my risk? GeneType for Breast Cancer combines several of your risk factors, such as age, family history, breast density, and your DNA markers, into one comprehensive risk assessment.

If I do not have an elevated risk on the GeneType for Breast Cancer test, does that mean I can skip my mammogram screenings?

No! Your GeneType for Breast Cancer results will indicate whether you are at increased risk, or average risk. If you are at average risk, it is still important to follow the recommended screening guidelines for women of your age.

Is GeneType for Breast Cancer a blood test?

No. GeneType for Breast Cancer is a DNA test from a cheek swab. Your healthcare provider will rub the swab between your cheek and gums to collect the sample.

What are DNA markers?

“DNA markers” is a simple term we use to describe small differences in DNA between individuals. GeneType for Breast Cancer looks at DNA markers that have been scientifically proven to be associated with breast cancer.

What is a polygenic risk score?

A polygenic risk score (PRS) combines the effects of multiple DNA markers to rank your risk against that of the general population. While one or two DNA markers don’t have a strong influence on risk, many markers together can have a large impact. Your polygenic risk score adds up the effects of over 70 DNA markers.

What ethnicities are eligible for GeneType for Breast Cancer?

GeneType for Breast Cancer is clinically validated for women of African American, Caucasian & Hispanic descent. The risk model incorporates ethnicity-specific polygenic risk scores and population incidence data for patients of African American and Hispanic American descent derived from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER), however, the model has not been validated in these populations as yet.

I am not of Caucasian, African American or Hispanic ethnicity. When will GeneType for Breast Cancer be available for my ethnicity?

We are continuing to improve our test to add validated models for additional ethnicities.

Is this test available for men?

No. While men can get breast cancer, the GeneType for Breast Cancer test has only been validated for women.

Why is GeneType for Breast Cancer only available for women between the ages of 35-80?

The majority (about 85%) of breast cancer diagnoses occur in individuals over 50. Our test examines risk in individuals before they are eligible for routine mammogram screening and up until the age when screening is no longer recommended. Furthermore, the risk reduction medications available for women at increased risk are recommended for women 35 and older.

I have no family history of breast cancer. Why do I need this test?

Over 85% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have very little or no family history of breast cancer. GeneType for Breast Cancer looks at common DNA markers that many of us carry that, when combined with other risk factors such as age and breast density, can impact your risk for breast cancer, even if you don’t have any family history of the condition.

How is this test different from hereditary cancer testing?

Hereditary cancer is caused by a relatively rare DNA change in a gene that has a very large impact on risk. An example of a hereditary breast cancer gene is BRCA1 or BRCA2, but there are several others as well. Often (but not always), individuals who carry a rare hereditary cancer mutation (also called a pathogenic variant) will have more than one family member who has been diagnosed with the same type of cancer. GeneType for Breast Cancer does not test for rare hereditary cancer variants. Instead, GeneType for Breast Cancer tests for common DNA variants that individually have a small impact on risk, but when combined together can have a bigger impact. These common DNA variants increase risk for sporadic (not hereditary) breast cancer, which is the type of breast cancer that affects 85% of women.

I tested positive for a hereditary breast cancer gene mutation (like BRCA1).
Can I get the GeneType for Breast Cancer test?

No, sorry. At this time, GeneType for Breast Cancer is only appropriate for women who are not carriers of a hereditary breast cancer mutation (pathogenic variant).

I underwent hereditary cancer genetic testing, but I do not carry a pathogenic variant.
Can I get the GeneType for Breast Cancer test?

Yes! If you previously tested negative as a carrier for a hereditary breast cancer mutation, you can have your risk assessed with GeneType for Breast Cancer.

If I have already done the GeneType for Breast Cancer test, do I need to be tested again?

Some of your risk factors, like your age, will change over time. In addition, we may add additional DNA markers or other risk factors to GeneType for Breast Cancer as new validation studies are published. For these reasons, you and your healthcare provider may wish to revisit your genetic risk assessment every few years.

Does GeneType for Breast Cancer need to be ordered by a healthcare provider?

Yes. Only a healthcare provider can order GeneType for Breast Cancer.

What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?

If you are discussing breast cancer risk with your healthcare provider for the first time, you may want to print out our patient questionnaire to help guide your conversation. If you are
seeing a new healthcare provider, be sure to bring (or have the healthcare provider request access to) your previous health records such as mammography results. Also, if you need to talk to some family members to refresh your memory on your family history of cancers, do so prior to your appointment.

How long will it take to receive my results?

Results are delivered to your ordering healthcare provider in approximately three weeks.