JScreen FAQs: Questions About Genetic Testing
There is also a very small chance that testing will indicate that you may be at risk for developing symptoms of a genetic condition. Some, but not all, of these conditions are treatable. If this happens, JScreen will help identify specialists in your area to address these health concerns.
If you and your partner are considering screening, but only want one person to be screened, we suggest women have the screening done so they can be tested for Fragile X.
If you are interested in cancer genetic counseling and testing, visit www.findageneticcounselor.com to find a genetic counselor in your area.
For people living in the metro-Atlanta area, JScreen is currently enrolling participants for a research study which includes BRCA testing. For more information click here.
The JScreen staff can send a representative to give a presentation at an event or meeting in your community. Email us at [email protected] about organizing an event in your area.
About the Test
There are 4 easy steps to obtaining a kit from JScreen:
Request a kit from JScreen.org. We will contact your physician to obtain medical approval.
Step 2: Register
Receive a JScreen kit in the mail, along with instructions for collecting your sample.
Step 3: Submit
Use the kit to send a saliva specimen to the laboratory in a prepaid envelope.
Step 4: Results
In roughly three weeks, you will be contacted by our clinical team when your results are complete.
Eligibility: Who is eligible for genetic testing with JScreen
Please note that Fragile X syndrome screening is only performed on women. As a result, we recommend that women always be screened, regardless of ethnicity.
Find out more about getting tested through Jscreen.
About the Results
Genetic Testing Cost
About the CancerGen Test
Options may include:
- Increased and/or more frequent cancer screening (for example, mammogram, colonoscopy, prostate exam, skin cancer screening)
- Preventative risk-reducing surgeries (for example, mastectomy, removal of colon)
- Lifestyle modifications (for example, reduced alcohol consumption)
- Options to avoid passing down mutations to your future children (for example, in-vitro fertilization with pre-implantation genetic testing, adoption)
If you test positive for a mutation, you’ll be able to inform your relatives, who may also be at-risk. Complimentary testing for your mutation may be available for your relatives.
The CancerGEN test (cancer panel) is different in that it is designed to provide you with information about your own personal health and determine if you carry a genetic mutation that would predispose you to certain cancers.
Other types of insurance, such as life, disability and long-term care, do not have restrictions about using your genetic information to set their plans; each state has its own mandates regarding the use of genetic information. Please visit the National Human Genome Research Institute for more information on the laws in your state.
Neither JScreen nor the testing lab will sell your information to third parties.
While testing is generally not recommended at this time, there are some exceptions. If you might want to get tested and you are under 21 years old, you can register for a kit and one of our genetic counselors will reach out to review the ramifications of testing before processing your order.