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Can I test myself for brca without going to the doctor?

19 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery
6 doctors agree

In brief: No

It's not the test that's the big deal, it's what one does with the information.
Understanding what a positive and negative test means and what the decision options based on each are something that should be discussed and planned for before testing is sent. Without knowing family genetic status a neg. Test may not mean much. Thus, testing should start with an affected indiv. 1st if possible.

In brief: No

It's not the test that's the big deal, it's what one does with the information.
Understanding what a positive and negative test means and what the decision options based on each are something that should be discussed and planned for before testing is sent. Without knowing family genetic status a neg. Test may not mean much. Thus, testing should start with an affected indiv. 1st if possible.
Dr. Sean Canale
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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
5 doctors agree

In brief: No, unless...

If you are a molecular biologist with a home lab, you could sequence your dna to see if you have a brca mutation.
Otherwise, you will need a blood test. One company in the U.S. (myriad) holds the patent for the brca test, so your blood will need to be sent to them. It costs about $3000 and your insurance may pay part of it, depending on your genetic risk.

In brief: No, unless...

If you are a molecular biologist with a home lab, you could sequence your dna to see if you have a brca mutation.
Otherwise, you will need a blood test. One company in the U.S. (myriad) holds the patent for the brca test, so your blood will need to be sent to them. It costs about $3000 and your insurance may pay part of it, depending on your genetic risk.
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Barry Rosen
If you prefer to avoid seeing a doctor, a genetic counselor may order this test, as well.
Dr. Maulik Shah
Clinical Genetics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Usually, a doctor's visit and order is required and it is mandatory if you are hoping to bill the test to insurance.
However, there are some companies that go direct to consumer for BRCA testing where a doctors order is not required. You can also use a telegenetics service for a medical consultation prior to testing.

In brief: Yes

Usually, a doctor's visit and order is required and it is mandatory if you are hoping to bill the test to insurance.
However, there are some companies that go direct to consumer for BRCA testing where a doctors order is not required. You can also use a telegenetics service for a medical consultation prior to testing.
Dr. Maulik Shah
Dr. Maulik Shah
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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice
3 doctors agree

In brief: Seek concierge doc

Seek a concierge doctor for they are able to do the testing without getting your insurance involved if your worried about privacy issues.

In brief: Seek concierge doc

Seek a concierge doctor for they are able to do the testing without getting your insurance involved if your worried about privacy issues.
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
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Dr. Shelby Terstriep
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Typically you would see a geneticist who would determine the likelihood of having a gene abnormality and discuss what you and your family would do with those results.
Then they would order the test. A follow up visit is done to discuss results so that a plan could be made for monitoring for cancer whether you have the gene mutation or not.

In brief: No

Typically you would see a geneticist who would determine the likelihood of having a gene abnormality and discuss what you and your family would do with those results.
Then they would order the test. A follow up visit is done to discuss results so that a plan could be made for monitoring for cancer whether you have the gene mutation or not.
Dr. Shelby Terstriep
Dr. Shelby Terstriep
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In brief: No

Brca testing requires a doctor's order. It is important that you have counseling to understand what is being tested for and what the results will mean.
The testing itself is easy and can be done on a saliva sample in your doctor's office or by a blood sample.

In brief: No

Brca testing requires a doctor's order. It is important that you have counseling to understand what is being tested for and what the results will mean.
The testing itself is easy and can be done on a saliva sample in your doctor's office or by a blood sample.
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
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