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What are the typical fees associated with BRCA gene testing?

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As of 2015, the cost of BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation testing ranges between $300 and $5000, explains Breastcancer.org. BRCA gene testing varies widely in cost depending on whether one specific area of a gene needs examining or if many different areas within many different genes need examining.

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Because a multitude of laboratories perform testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations, pricing can also vary depending on the company in which one is tested. Breastcancer.org lists Ambry Genetics, GeneDx and Myriad Genetics as just a few of the companies that offer commercial gene testing. However, because different tests detect different genetic anomalies, laboratories often give multiple tests at once. This, too, can raise the amount of money spent during genetic testing. According to the National Cancer Institute, some of the institutions that provide BRCA testing offer free tests to people who lack insurance and coincide with certain medical and financial stipulations.

In addition, the Affordable Care Act considers genetic counselling and both BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation testing as a covered preventive service for individuals at high risk. Even so, the National Cancer Institute advises those with medical insurance to check their insurance coverage regarding genetic testing before having the tests performed, to verify eligibility and costs.

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