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 (http://www.ambrygen.com/tests/breastnext), 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