Paying for private testing

If there isn't a strong family history of cancer in your family and the faulty gene hasn't otherwise been identified in any of your relatives, you won't be eligible for the NHS genetic test.

You'll have to pay for it privately if you still wish to have the test. Consider this carefully, because:

  • if you don't have any family history of cancer, it's unlikely you have one of thefaulty genes
  • the tests can be expensive, potentially costing up to 500-2,000 or more
  • there's no guarantee they will predict whether you'll develop cancer
  • you may not beoffered genetic counselling to help you make a decision and support you once you get your results
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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018