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Questions on genetics, family history & breast cancer.
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|1/25/2011||Is it possible to get a BCRA test anonymously? I know the GINA law is supposed to avoid health insurance problems, but I am self employed and am not confident that the health rules in this country will remain stable.. My mom was diagnosed stage 4 triple negative in her 60s. There is also other breast cancer in the family. My mom was diagnosed after a "clear" mammogram 1 year prior. I am large breasted and would like to understand if I carry the gene so I can make informed decisions.|
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|1/25/2011||For women wanting to be tested but also not wanting insurance company to know, they can pay out of pocket so that the test isn't billed to insurance. If negative, then they can consider submitting it. if positive they can opt to continue to keep the information private. if they decide to be proactive however and have bilateral prophylatic mastectomies done and oopherectomies done as well, then they will more than likely need to tell their insurance company in order to get this type of preventative surgery covered by their insurance. hope that helps. also very important to get counseling before testing.|
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