Proactive Genetic Screening Find a Location Find a Doctor Precision Medicine and Genetics Precision Medicine and Genetics Genetics Hereditary Cancer Program BRCA Testing Preconception and Prenatal Genetic Services Carrier Status Screening Proactive Genetic Screening Proactive Genetic Screening Is it for you? St. Elizabeth Healthcare is committed to improving your health in any way we can. About 1 in 15 people carry a serious health-related genetic risk, most of whom have no recognized family or personal history of disease. Recognizing this risk can be the first and most important step towards prevention. We now offer Proactive Genetic Screening to individuals who are interested in accurate, actionable information about their risk for certain genetic conditions. What can screening find? The testing includes genetic risk screening for common conditions such as breast cancer, colon cancer, cardiomyopathies, blood clotting disorders and genetic forms of high cholesterol. This physician-ordered screening is quick and affordable. This type of genetic screening does not detect the presence of disease, but can determine if you may be at increased risk for the disease based on your results. Not everyone with a genetic risk factor will develop the disease. If you’re found to be at higher risk, you may choose to take proactive measures to prevent the disease. How does Proactive Screening work? Proactive genetic screening begins with a complimentary meeting with licensed genetic counselor to review your personal and family health history. The meeting can take place in person, telehealth or video visit. After the discussion, genetic screening will be tailored to you and what you would like to learn about your genetic health. For example, if you are determined to be a “general population” risk, the Proactive Genetic Screen is a good test for you. However, if a significant history of disease is identified, you may be guided to a disease-specific diagnostic level genetic test to better address the risk in your family. The genetic counselor will ensure the right test to selected to personalized your needs. A simple blood or saliva sample is collected in person, or if you prefer, a saliva sample collection kit can be mailed to your home. Finally, in 2-3 weeks, the results are reviewed with you by phone to create a personalized, preventative healthcare plan together with your doctors. If your test results indicate that you need additional medical attention, recommendations will be shared with your health care providers. If desired, you will have an opportunity to make a follow-up appointment with your genetic counselor. What does proactive genetic screening cost? The cost of Proactive Genetic Screening ranges $250-350, determining on the test that you chose after your genetic counseling discussion. There are no additional fees for the coordination of the testing, results disclosure, or follow up discussion. Individuals with a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) can often use these funds to pay for the cost of the screening. Contact Us For more information about the Proactive Genetic Screening offered at St. Elizabeth, please call the Genetics department at 859-301-GENE (4363).