Frequently Asked Questions dna cancer testing


What are the Benefits of Genetic Testing?

Genetic cancer screening aids in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases. The results can help people better understand and manage their cancer risk with a protocol designed by a genetic counselor, that will be provided to the physician who orders the test. Family members of those who have a positive result will also be encouraged to have the test, so they too may live a preventative lifestyle. For those that have been diagnosed with cancer the test results can help make decisions on specific treatments including surgery. Cancer patients have more opportunities to qualify for clinical trials involving genetic mutations. 

Is this a FDA Approved Test?

Yes.  Medicare will not pay for genomic and molecular cancer tests that have not yet been approved by the FDA. With this advancement in biomedical science  there are going to be labs that offer this test at minimal fees and may even advertise on social media; however, its vital to understand that the test will not be comprehensive and the laboratory equipment is more than likely not state of the art. The common direct-to-consumer genetics test currently in the marketplace do not include all the newly identified genetic mutations that are linked to cancer. The possibility of false reassurance when it comes to a cancer diagnosis is a disservice for not only the patient but the family as well. 

How long does it take to get my test results back?

 We seeks to have your test results released to you as soon as possible. The typical turnaround time for results to be released is approximately 3 to 4 weeks once your DNA genetic sample is received by the laboratory.  However, please keep in mind that it may take up to 6-8 weeks from the date you submitted your sample for your results to arrive.  Sample processing times are estimates only that vary depending upon the test(s) ordered, overall demand, laboratory volume and the maintenance of our quality control standards.  If you have any further questions on the status of your screening, feel free to contact us at 

If we find any genetic mutations one of our telemedicine physicians will reach out to you to go over the results and may suggest additional testing to be done with your local physician. 

Who covers the cost?

Medicare does.  This test has been available to the public for several years; however, only those that could afford to pay out of pocket were taking advantage of this advancement. In March 2018, the Centers for Medicare  (CMS) announced that Medicare will cover genetic evaluation of cancer by FDA-approved tests. 

 The best thing is there is no cost to to you as long as you meet the medical necessity guidelines set by Medicare and  have met your annual deductible. Without insurance, it is unlikely that the average American could afford this service, as the out of pocket cost ranges  from $2000 to $5,000. We only partner with laboratories that take pride in serving those on Medicare.  Many private insurance carriers are also paying, and often they require a copay. It is vital to us that those getting tested do not get stuck with a bill and that is why we are very selective in choosing laboratories that only run a test that is fully covered  by Medicare. 

What is the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) ?

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) protects Americans against discrimination based on their genetic information when it comes to health insurance and employment. This bill was passed in 2008 and under the law, employers and health insurance companies can not request genetic test results and discriminate based upon them. The lobbying for non-discrimination is a continual process. California passed the "California Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act" (CalGINA), which extended protections to prohibit genetic discrimination in emergency medical services, housing, mortgage lending, education, and other state-funded programs. Presently 17 states have added extensions to GINA which includes the restriction of the use of genetic information in determining coverage for life insurance, disability insurance, and long-term care insurance. 

Limitations of Genetic Testing:

Genetic cancer screening doe not predict cancer or rule out that you won't get it. It does not always give definitive answers of risks. Not all insurance companies will cover this test. Genetic discrimination lobbying is a continued effort. In some states, life insurance & disability policies may not be offered based on this information.