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Genetic Testing to Learn about Your Risk for Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Questions for the doctor

Genetic counseling and testing can help you understand your risk for some kinds of cancer. Genetic tests help doctors look for mutations (changes) in certain genes.

If you have a mutation in the BRCA1 gene or the BRCA2 gene, you are more likely to develop breast and ovarian cancer. You may also be at higher risk of developing other types of cancers.

Talk with your doctor about genetic testing to learn about your risk for breast and ovarian cancer if you have:

If genetic tests show that you are at higher risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer, you and your doctor can discuss options for managing your risk.

The Affordable Care Act covers counseling about genetic testing for some women. Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to get counseling at no cost to you. Talk to your insurance provider.

What do I ask the doctor?

Visiting the doctor can be stressful. It helps to have questions written down ahead of time. Print these questions and take them with you when you visit the doctor. You may also want to ask a family member or close friend to go with you to take notes.