The LifeLabs Genetics BRCA1/2 test balances thoroughness with cost-effectiveness, speed, and usefulness and includes pre and post test genetic counselling. Our test focuses on two well understood and documented genes – BRCA1 and BRCA2 – to provide scientifically sound results with useful recommendations. An experienced, in-house geneticist and our genetic counsellors reviews family history details, interprets the test results, and makes recommendations on whether further testing is required. Combining test data and expert, objective interpretation with your physician’s knowledge of your goals and health status provides high quality, actionable insights.
An alternative to BRCA1/2 is an expanded gene panel (example: > looking at 20 genes at once) to flag any predisposition to cancer. LifeLabs genetics does offer expanded gene panels for hereditary cancer testing; however we believe that these type of panels are best ordered by genetic specialists in cancer genetics clinics after careful clinical assessment particularly when there is a complex medical and/or family history. These genetic specialists take into account important consideration, for example whetherexamining additional genes could reveal other genetic variants that might obscure definitive conclusions, results could possibly yield false-positives for extremely rare diseases, and results could indicate clinically insignificant risks due to limited research and current follow-up options.
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