What is BRCA Gene Testing?
The BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene test is a blood test that can tell you if you have a higher risk of getting cancer.
Where Can I Have BRCA Gene Testing In South Africa?
Lancet Laboratories offers genetic counseling by a clinical geneticist, Dr. Karen Milstein.
For further information please contact 011 358 0800.
How much does a BRCA gene test cost in South Africa?
Currently, in the public sector genetic counseling and testing are offered in the major academic centers free for indigent patients.
In the private sector, testing for common abnormalities is about R 1 500, whereas full gene sequencing is about R 10 000– 15 000.
At what age can I have BRCA Gene Testing in South Africa?
Men aged between 40 and 69 years with a positive family history of prostate cancer, a family history of known BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations,
or a family history of females with breast or ovarian cancer should be advised to undergo annual prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing.
How long does BRCA genetic testing take?
The results of a BRCA gene test may take a few weeks to come back. You will meet with your genetic counselor or other health professional trained in genetics to find out your test results.
You also will discuss what the results mean and go over your options. Your test results may be positive, negative, or uncertain.