Insurers say patients should get counseling before receiving testing for genetic cancers such as breast and ovarian. (Photo: iStock)

Genetic tests have long been used to alert women to a heightened risk of breast cancer. Through genetic analysis, doctors are able to identify women who are extremely likely to get the disease, allowing the patients to opt for preventative measures, including a mastectomy.

Some OB-GYNs say it’s relatively simple to identify women who should consider genetic testing, based on their family medical history. Women who have close relatives who have been diagnosed with breast cancer or ovarian cancer are often recommended for testing.

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