It’s time to talk about Family Health History

This holiday, ask if there’s a history of cancer in your family. If so, your risk may be higher, too. Our Discussion Guide explains who and what to ask.

The good news: The MyRisk® with RiskScore® genetic test could help you get ahead of breast and other cancers. Take a 2-minute quiz to find out.

It’s time to talk about Family Health History

This holiday, ask if there’s a history of cancer in your family. If so, your risk may be higher, too. Our Discussion Guide explains who and what to ask.

The good news: The MyRisk® with RiskScore® genetic test could help you get ahead of breast and other cancers. Take a 2-minute quiz to find out.

51%

of women don’t know if their family history increases their breast cancer risk1

1in3

of them haven’t discussed medical issues with their family yet1

Don’t know your family health history?

Now is a perfect time to get the conversation started about any history of cancer in your family.

That’s why we’ve collected tips and tools to help you get the ball rolling. Learn who you should talk to, what to ask, and get a digital Family Tree you can fill out as you gather information.

Are you ready to test?

At any point, if you find out a close relative has had cancer, you may be eligible for MyRisk with RiskScore.

Take our 2-minute quiz to find out if you could use this important genetic test to get ahead of breast and other cancers.

Did you know?

There are three main types of cancer risk:

Sporadic cancer happens by chance; usually without having any relatives affected by the same type of cancer.

Hereditary cancer is passed down through a specific gene mutation. For example, you’ve may have heard that a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation may raise your risk of breast cancer.

Familial cancer can be passed down, even if you don’t have a known gene mutation. Environmental factors may also influence familial risk.

The MyRisk with RiskScore genetic test tells you both your hereditary and familial risk to give you the whole picture. Then it recommends actions like additional screenings you can get to better protect your health

Know your risk. Plan for your future.

MyRisk® with RiskScore® is the only hereditary cancer test and risk assessment that gives more patients a personalized plan of preventive screenings and actions—to help you get ahead of breast and other cancers.2 And 90% of patients testing with MyRisk pay $0.3

Find out if your family health history makes you eligible for MyRisk with RiskScore.

MyRisk hereditary cancer test with RiskScore

How it works

Work with an online genetic counselor or your preferred provider to obtain a MyRisk test kit at no cost and submit a saliva sample for testing. Results come back within 14 days of sample submission. For more information, learn about the various paths we offer for getting tested.

Take our 2-minute quiz to find out if you could use this important genetic test to get ahead of breast and other cancers.

Frequently asked questions

  • How much will this cost?
    Because we work with most major insurance companies, 9 out of 10 patients pay zero. However, for those paying out of pocket, we provide cost estimates up front, so you know your costs before you commit. Financial assistance is also available to those who qualify. For further cost questions, visit our Costs & Process page.
  • How can I find a healthcare provider?
    If you’re in need of a healthcare provider to help submit your test sample, consider our Virtual Care services which connect you to a genetic counselor to guide you through every step of the process. Alternatively, visit our Find a Provider Directory, where you can search for healthcare providers in your area who have ordered testing from Myriad over the last six months.
  • Why does a doctor need to order this for me?
    Unlike recreational genetic tests, MyRisk is a medical grade test that requires a healthcare provider’s signature to initiate testing. If you don’t have a healthcare provider or would prefer to test from the comfort of your home, consider our Virtual Care services which connect you to a genetic counselor who will help you to submit your test sample.
  • What are the potential outcomes of the test and their impact on me?
    Every results report is unique to the individual and provides an individualized risk estimate for all. Moreover, MyRisk produces personalized care plans that providers can use to help patients manage their risk. The plans can recommend a wide range of proactive options from risk reduction strategies to additional screenings.
  • Can the MyRisk test determine if I have cancer?
    MyRisk does not diagnose cancer. It is a test to evaluate your hereditary risk of developing 11 types of cancer. Myriad representatives are unable to provide medical advice or help diagnose any symptoms and recommend consulting with your healthcare provider.
  • When will I receive my results?
    Average turnaround time is within 14 days of sample submission.
References:
  1. 2022 Myriad Genetics Health Survey.
  2. Myriad Internal Data based on MyRisk tests reported between September 1, 2021 and February 1, 2023, ordered for unaffected patients by OB/GYN and Primary Care healthcare providers.
  3. Based on Myriad Genetics Internal Data. Last updated 2023.