What to know about the new affordable BRCA gene test

Here is what women should know about the newly-launched, user-friendly, at-home, BRCA genetic mutation test.
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Now to our "Gma" consumer lab, this morning we're taking a look at the new and cheapest at home test to determine your risk of developing breast cancer. It tests for the brca1 and 2 gene mew takes and launches today from the company. Adrienne, you were able to take a closer look. As you know, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That old adage. Something one woman and her family holes true with a very affordable test that proved life saving. Devin gant has her whole life ahead of her. The last thing she expected is to test positive for the brca2 gene which gives her a dramatically increased risk of getting breast cancer. Kind of a black cloud, I guess. It's this thing that's kind of looming in the future. Reporter: But there is a silver lining. G genetic tests can cost hundreds, even thousands so Devin took an early version of a new test coming out called color right in her own home at $149 it's now the least expensive genetic test for the brca1 and 2 gene os on the market. One out of eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime so it's very important that for women who are high risk, we wanted them to have access to the test. Reporter: Here's how it works. Provide us a saliva sample and send it off to the lab. Once analyzed you receive your online results in three to four week as long with a complimently consultation. Any point where you felt like this was just not fair? You being 30. Yeah. Definitely. I mean it's a higher risk. It's not a guarantee. It's not a death sentence. Reporter: Devon was prompted to take it when her aunt Lauren's test came back positive and doctors sent her for a life-changing mri. They found a couple of spots. Said they didn't really think it was anything. And it came back it was cancer. Reporter: With the gene testing and early detection, Lauren is now cancer-free. Thank god. It would have been totally different out"come from away" probably next February when I went for my mammography. Rfporter: Lauren is grateful she and Devon were tested. Now she knows and knows what she needs to do and she'll city healthy. Reporter: Devon has a mammogram and ultrasound every couple months and all their immediate family had the test done. Many did tez positive for that brca gene. Adrienne, thanks so much for bringing that to our attention and bring in Dr. Jen Ashton right now. I now you do a lot of genetic testing in your office. Tell us the importance of this. Well, listen, genetic testing is important for people because it shows us a possible window into the future. It doesn't mean a guarantee because we know that genes are just one part of what determines someone's future health risk. Behavior, environment are also important. But now people need to know we're just talking about the brca1 and 2 mutation. It is now possible to test for over 30 gene mew takes that are associated with various types of hereditary cancer, eight or more are associated with breast cancer so while all the attention goes on brca, it is important for people to know they can have a gene mutation in other genes and it is readily available now to test for this. This is a mainstream option which I think is good news for some people. Because it's not for everyone. That's correct. So who should get the test? Who should not? Absolutely not recommended for every single person. That's clear in why is that? Because there are certain criteria. With any screening test it's not every single person gets screened for every single thing. When you talk about the brca mutation there's certain criteria we like people too meet. Someone with a family history of someone having a positive brca, ovarian cancer of any rage. Breast cancer before the age of 50. Triple negative breast cancer before the age of 60. Male breast cancer in the family at any age. People of ashkena seem I unusual ancestry and people with two or more cases of breast cancer on the same side of the family so you can see it's not, oh, if you've had a case of cancer you should have this test done. Tell us how it works. I'll do the demonstration, very sim. Based on saliva. You can get it done in doctor's offices with blood tests as well. Do a little spit which I'm not going to demonstrate. Take the funnel off and put the top on and put it in this bag and then you put it into the box and mail it. It already has a label and get your results this three to four weeks. Very simple. One other thing. We hear a lot about cost here. It is actually a myth that this test costs thousands of dollars if you meet criteria and have insurance it will be covered if you meet those criteria. If you don't you can still get the test covered. This is mainstream. What do you do if you get a positive result. Counseling. We have to remember men get this mutation also so this is a prolonged discussion. Thanks. You bet. And we move on to "Dancing

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