What is HEREDITARY CANCER Screening (CGx)?

What is a Hereditary cancer Screening test?

A CGx Hereditary Cancer Screening Test is a molecular test taken from a simple DNA sample that looks for specific inherited changes (mutations) in a person’s genetic make-up. Harmful mutations may increase a person’s chance of developing cancer. CGx tests reduce the number of lives lost to cancer due to early detection.

How Can A CGx Test Benefit Me?

According to the National Cancer Institute, there are benefits to genetic testing, regardless of whether you receive a positive or a negative result.

A negative test result can provide you with the peace of mind knowing that a harmful gene variant was not inherited.

A positive test result provides you with an opportunity to understand and, in some cases, manage your cancer risks. 

It will also allow you to notify your family members so they have the opportunity to get a CGx test and learn about their own cancer risks.

If you are already diagnosed with cancer, results of genetic testing may help you make decisions about your treatment and understand your risk for other cancers.

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why Would I Want To Know the Results Of A CGx Test?

how do i know if i qualify for a CGx test?

You qualify for the CGx test if you or anyone in your family has had cancer in the past. Family members include parents, siblings, children, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandparents, great grandparents, grandchildren, or great grandchildren.

How does this testing process work?

  • Review and complete the required paperwork with your personal genetic screening advocate or medical provider.

Your personal genetic screening advocate or medical provider will give you a cheek swab, oral rinse, or saliva collection to collect your DNA.

The paperwork and the DNA sample will be sent to one of our state-of-the-art labs for analysis.

The lab will check with your insurance company to make sure they will cover the cost of the test.

After confirmation, they will process the test and send your results back to the medical provider who authorized your test.

If the insurance company will not approve the test or cover the entire cost, the lab will contact you with further options. They will not automatically process the test and hold you responsible for the cost.

Based on your results, a genetic counselor from the lab can work with your medical provider to determine a plan of action, if necessary.

does insurance cover the cost of my test?

Genetic testing is considered preventive care. Insurance will cover the cost of the test if you meet the medical necessity requirements.

Medicare will almost always reimburse the lab for the cost of the test.

Medicaid will typically cover the test in in some states.

Many commercial insurance companies will cover all or part of the test.

Remember, the lab will check with your insurance company to make sure they will cover the test. If your insurance company will not approve the test, or not agree to cover the entire cost, the lab will contact you with further options. Again, they will not automatically complete the test and hold you responsible for the cost.

Testing is available for those who are uninsured and wish to self-pay for the test. Please check with your genetic screening advocate or medical provider for further details on pricing.

what if my Medical provider won't authorize the test?

If you have had cancer yourself, or have a family member who has had cancer, your medical provider would most likely authorize you to get your own test. If your medical provider will not agree to authorize your test, it may simply be because they are not as educated as other providers in this arena yet. Your genetic screening advocate can help you locate a provider who can authorize the test.

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when and how do i get my test results?

Your CGx test typically takes about three to four weeks for the lab to process. Once processed, your results will be sent to the medical provider who authorized your test, via a HIPAA compliant and secure online Web portal. Your provider has the option to contact you directly to review the results and/or enlist the services of the expert genetic counselor provided by the lab. Individually or together, they can review the results with you and determine whether or not any further actions should be taken.

What About The DNA Testing Scams I've Heard About In The News?

Just like in any business or company, unfortunately, there are occasional bad apples in the bunch. Some dishonest people have decided to use this fairly new market as a cover to steal unsuspecting people’s identities. There are also other deceitful people whose intention is to defraud insurance companies by circumventing the rules and regulations.  

This is a very highly regulated industry, and you should only be dealing with licensed medical providers or HIPAA certified genetic screening advocates well versed in the compliance guidelines set forth by CMS and the OIG. It is best to avoid telemarketers or door-to-door solicitors for any type of medical genetic testing. If anyone ever offers you money to sign forms to take a DNA test, please report them to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General by calling 1-800-447-8477.

will my results affect my insurance or employment?

Your results with NOT affect your insurance or employment, thanks to a law passed in 2008. The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) of 2008 protects Americans from discrimination based on their genetic information in both health insurance (Title I) and employment (Title II). For more information about the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, go to

I Want My Own CGx Test. How Do I Get One?

Contact the genetic screening advocate or medical provider who directed you to this information, and they will walk you through the process to ensure you receive a CGx test if you are eligible.