BRCA Test Providers

On June 13 2013, the United States Supreme Court ruled that human genes are products of nature and cannot be patented, a decision which brought an end to Myriad Genetics’ monopoly on BRCA1 and BRCA2 testing.  Mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 significantly increase an individual’s risk for breast and ovarian cancer.  As a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling, several companies, listed below, are now offering BRCA testing, many at a lower price than Myriad.  If you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer and are considering BRCA testing, it is recommended that you first meet with a genetic counselor for a risk assessment.  To find a genetic counselor near you, visit the National Society for Genetic Counselors.

BRCA Test Providers:

Myriad is now charging $3,340 for comprehensive BRCA testing.
In addition to offering comprehensive BRCA analysis, Ambry Genetics offers the BreastNextTM panel (, which analyzes 18 genes that can contribute to an increased risk of breast cancer.  However, the turn-around time for this more extensive test is 6-10 weeks, which could be longer than you’d like to wait for results if you have already been diagnosed.
The cost of comprehensive BRCA testing from Quest is $2,495 and the turn-around time is 2 weeks.
The cost of the test from DNA Traits is $995, and the turn-around time is 3 weeks.
Invitae offers BRCA testing for $1,500 with the option of upgrading to a more extensive panel of genes at no extra cost.  The turn-around time averages 2 weeks
GeneDx offers a variety of testing options, including BRCA analysis, a Breast Cancer High Risk Panel of 6 genes and a Breast/Ovarian Cancer Panel of 26 genes.
Ethigen offers comprehensive BRCA testing with a turn-around time of less than 60 days.

Upcoming Event at BCC

Understanding the Emotional Impact of a BRCA Diagnosis

Wednesday, February 26
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Ariella Goodwine, MFT will hold a discussion about the psychosocial issues that can arise upon learning about one’s genetic predisposition to breast and ovarian cancers.

Register (650) 326-6686 or toll free (888) 222-4401