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how do you perform tests for brca1 or brca2?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
A simple blood test.: This test should be ordered by a physician experienced in offering counseling regarding the significance of the results and the options that exist if you are brca+. It is important to get this test pre-approved by your insurance company as it is very expensive to run (over $2000).
Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology 16 years experience
Blood test: Usually someone with breast cancer gets tested if there is an unusual family history, though it may be done more often now. Other family members may get genetic counseling and be offered the test as well.

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