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HEREDITARY CANCER SCREENING

Patients with a family history of cancer are able to have genetic screening done at their annual visit or at their discretion. To determine an individual's risk, a family history is taken and a blood sample is collected and sent for testing.

Below you will find the answers to frequently asked questions regarding these screenings and more information about our partner companies.



what tests are provided by boston healthcare for women?

We are able to screen blood samples for genetic predispositions of breast, ovarian, uterine, skin and digestive organ cancers.

how do I know if I qualify?

When you come to our office, we will have you update your family and medical history. Based on this information, you may qualify for genetic testing.

What do I do if my results are positive?

Once we receive your results, we will contact you. In the case that your results are positive, we will refer you to genetic counseling. Preventative measures that may be discussed include increased surveillance through imaging and screening and medications or surgery that may reduce risk.

will my insurance cover testing?

The majority of private insurance companies will cover this testing when it is indicated. In the case that the patient has an insurance that will not cover the screening or a high deductible, out-of-pocket costs are typically minimal and financial assistance may be offered.