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Genetic Testing

Genetic Testing

Genetic Testing services offered in North Charleston, SC

Many people are turning to genetic testing to learn more about their risk of diseases like breast cancer. At The Breast Place in North Charleston, South Carolina, Jennifer Beatty, DO, FACS, and the team offer genetic testing for breast cancer using reputable labs with the science and studies to support their testing. To get the answers you need, schedule a genetic testing consultation by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.

 


Genetic Testing Q & A

What is genetic testing?

Genetic testing looks for mutations in your DNA that might put you at risk of developing certain health conditions. Currently, no single genetic test can check for all DNA mutations and the medical conditions attached to it.

When considering genetic testing, you need to talk to someone who understands the different types of tests available so you get the right test. Some tests look for a single gene, while others look at several genes. 

For breast cancer genetic testing, The Breast Place does a panel test that checks for known genes related to a cancer diagnosis. The most commonly known genetic mutations linked to breast cancer are the BRCA genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2), but they’re not the only ones. 

My mom has breast cancer. Should I have genetic testing?

The team at The Breast Place recommends scheduling a genetic counseling session if you have concerns about breast cancer because it runs in your family. They take an individualized approach to genetic testing.

They use the risk assessment tools created by the American Cancer Society to help them evaluate your risk and the need for testing. These tools use a mathematical equation that considers your detailed family history and other factors to assess risk.

They also talk to you about genetic testing during this visit so you can make the most informed decision about your testing needs.  

What happens during genetic testing?

The Breast Place uses a reputable company for genetic testing. They may collect a blood sample or do a cheek swab to collect the samples they need to test your DNA. Then, they send the sample to the lab for analysis.

Results from your genetic testing may take up to three weeks. The team contacts you when they have your results to discuss the findings. 

What if my genetic testing is positive?

Having the genetic mutation linked to breast cancer doesn’t mean you’ll get breast cancer. However, it may change how the team at The Breast Place manages your health.

They may recommend more frequent breast cancer screenings, taking medication to reduce risk, or having risk-reducing surgery (double mastectomy). 

If you have a family history of breast cancer and your genetic testing results are negative, the team at The Breast Place recommends you continue to get regular breast exams so they can closely monitor your health.

Find out more about genetic testing at The Breast Place by calling or booking an appointment online today.

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