Genetic testing for hereditary cancer risk Genetic testing for hereditary cancer risk

Genetic testing for hereditary cancer

Understand a personal or family history of cancer

Genetic testing for hereditary cancer risk

The genetics of hereditary cancer

Certain genetic variants can make your risk of developing cancer significantly higher than that of the average person. If you have a personal or family history of cancer, genetic testing can help guide you and your healthcare provider's decisions about your treatment or prevention plan. Genetic testing can also identify family members who may be at risk too.

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What you need to know about genetic testing

Join certified genetic counselor Melissa Strassberg, M.S., for an in-depth walkthrough of cancer genetic testing.

When to consider genetic testing

Genetic testing is recommended if you or a close family member has:

  • breast, colorectal, or uterine cancer diagnosed before age 50
  • more than one type of cancer
  • certain types of cancer, including ovarian, pancreatic, metastatic prostate, intraductal prostate, medullary thyroid, triple-negative breast or male breast cancer
  • cancer in both of a set of paired organs (for example, both kidneys or both breasts)
  • 10+ gastrointestinal polyps 
  • breast or high-grade prostate cancer (Gleason score >7) and Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry 

Benefits of genetic testing

Knowing if you have a genetic variant can help you be more proactive about your health.

More frequent screenings can identify cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage. 

Certain medicines, like chemoprevention, can prevent cancer from developing.

Preventative surgery, like mastectomy, can significantly reduce your risk—and may even save your life.

Genetic information can qualify you for treatments not publicly available through participation in clinical trials.

Get a diagnostic test in two easy ways

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Get a diagnostic test online 

We can help you find a genetics provider in your area or connect you to a telemedicine provider.

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Order through your healthcare provider

Talk to your healthcare provider about diagnostic genetic testing with Invitae. This letter can help start the conversation.

Simple billing, no surprises


We’ll work directly with your insurance company so you don’t have to. Typically people pay between $0 and $100 out of pocket. Learn more.


Don’t have insurance? We offer $250 pricing and accept HSA/FSA payments. Learn more.

Genetic testing for hereditary cancer risk

Testing for at-risk family members

Identifying at-risk family members is one of the most important benefits of genetic testing. If you have a genetic variant, your immediate family members have up to a 50% chance of having the same variant. Other relatives may also be at risk.

Invitae is dedicated to ensuring that both you and your family understand your risk. If you receive a positive test result from Invitae, we can test your blood relatives for that same genetic variant (change) under our family follow-up testing program.  

Genetic testing for hereditary cancer risk

More than a test:
Built-in support network

You don’t have to figure it out alone. Genetics experts are available to guide you through the testing process, help you make sense of your results, and plan a path forward.

Genetic testing for hereditary cancer risk

Your questions, answered

Our resource center offers:

  • details on how the testing process works
  • this helpful guide that explains genetic testing for hereditary cancer
  • an explanation of possible results and what they could mean for you