BRCA testing is usually covered by insurance if certain criteria are met. There are different types of BRCA testing, ranging in cost from $475 to about $4,000. Genetic counselors are helpful in determining what type of testing is indicated. Testing is less expensive once a mutation has been identified within a family.
Is BRCA gene always inherited?
BRCA1 and BRCA2 are human genes that produce tumor suppressor proteins. People who have inherited mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 tend to develop breast and ovarian cancers at younger ages than people who do not have these mutations. A harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation can be inherited from a person's mother or father.
How do they test for brca1 and brca2?
Genetic Testing Facilities and Cost. Testing for abnormal breast cancer genes such as BRCA1, BRCA2, and PALB2 is usually done on a blood or saliva sample taken in your doctor's office and sent to a commercial laboratory or a research testing facility. Most people have it done by a commercial lab.