Your Roadmap to Whole Health
Your genes determine your eye color, hair color, height and much more. They also contain clues about your health. Unlock the mysteries of your genes with DNA testing and gain insight into your risk of developing chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and more.
Genetic screening gives you and your provider important information about your health so you can take steps to lower your risk before a condition appears. And, if you are diagnosed with a chronic disease, your medical team will have valuable information to create a treatment plan that’s personalized to you — to your body, your genes, your DNA.
Our genomics team offers:
- Breast cancer genetic testing (BRCA gene)
- DNA medical tests
- Genetic testing for cancer
- Genetic testing for pregnancy
- Paternity tests
Health Care That’s Personalized
Genetic testing offers a clear window into your health — from a disease you know you have to conditions that may not yet be diagnosed. Discover what secrets DNA testing can uncover and take the first step to improved whole health.
- Genetic Testing
Genetic testing (also called DNA testing) looks at your chromosomes, genes and proteins. Variables in them can indicate if you’re at a higher risk for certain diseases, including breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes, neurological diseases, cancer and many others. A DNA medical test helps you and your provider make informed decisions about your health and treatment plans.
- BRCA Gene Testing
Breast cancer genetic testing checks for the presence of the BRCA1 or BRCA2, sometimes called the breast cancer gene. These are mutations to genes that suggest you may be at higher risk for developing breast cancer or ovarian cancer.
The BRCA gene test is a blood test offered to individuals at risk of having the inherited mutation, based on family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer. You may be a good candidate for BRCA gene screening if you have a personal history of:
- Breast cancer diagnosis and Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish ancestry
- Breast cancer diagnosed before age 45
- Breast cancer diagnosed before age 50 and a secondary breast cancer
- Male breast cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Pancreatic or prostate cancer AND two or more relatives with BRCA-associated cancers
- Triple negative breast cancer diagnosed before age 60
- Two or more cancers
Your family history can also indicate your risk of having the BRCA gene mutation. Talk to your doctor about breast cancer genetic testing if your family history includes:
- Breast cancer diagnosed in one or more relatives before age 50 OR two or more relatives at any age
- Known breast cancer gene in a relative
- Male breast cancer diagnosed in one or more relatives
- Ovarian cancer diagnosed in one or more relatives
- Pancreatic cancer diagnosed in two or more relatives
- Prostate cancer diagnosed in two or more relatives
- Genetic Testing for Cancer
A DNA test can assess your risk for developing cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 5–10% of all cancers are related to inherited gene mutations. While having an inherited gene mutation doesn’t mean you’ll develop cancer, it does help you better understand your risk.
Not everyone needs this genetic screening, but you may benefit from genetic testing for cancer if you have:
- A family member with one or more types of cancer
- A family member with a rare cancer
- Known cancer-related gene mutation in your family
- Many first-degree relatives with cancer
- The same type of cancer in one side of your family
Certain ethnicities are at higher risk of having inherited gene mutations related to cancer. This includes Ashkenzi Jewish ancestry, which is linked to the ovarian and breast cancer gene.
- Genetic Testing During Pregnancy
Genetic screenings offer parents-to-be detailed information about the health of their baby. Genetic testing in pregnancy can screen for medical conditions or genetic diseases.
DNA tests before pregnancy can also identify if you or your partner are carriers for a genetic disorder. Learn more about each of these genetic screenings and talk to your doctor to determine if you need genetic testing before or during pregnancy.
Genetic Carrier Screening
A blood or saliva test, taken before you’re pregnant, can identify the risk of you and your partner passing on a serious genetic disorder. DNA medical tests look for many conditions, including cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, spinal muscular atrophy and others.
Your obstetrician can discuss whether or not you’re a candidate for genetic testing in pregnancy. Be sure to talk to your provider about any questions or concerns you have.
- Paternity Test
A paternity test can give you peace of mind when it comes to your child’s paternity. There are many different reasons you may need a DNA paternity test, including to:
- Confirm your right, or your child’s right, to legal or social benefits like social security or inheritance
- Gain a clear picture of your, or your child’s, family medical history
- Meet legal requirements in many states for Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP)
- Strengthen family bonds
Talk to your obstetrician about the test that’s right for you.