Compare Health Insurance if BREVAGen Risk is High

BREVAGen is a new predictive risk test that could not only make a huge difference for health insurance, but also for the lives of women all over the world.  Primary Care Associates’ Dr. Lisa Steffensen is using this test to help her patients determine their risk of developing breast cancer that is not related to a familial tie.  This type of cancer is sometimes referred to as sporadic breast cancer.  The press release, “Primary Care Associates of Bellevue Pioneers Breast Cancer Risk Assessment,” is in Yahoo!’s Finance section today.  Dr. Steffensen says that by using this test, it allows her practice to treat patients in a way that will minimize their risk and hopefully save many more lives than without the use of BREVAGen.

This predictive risk test has been clinically validated to help predict sporadic, estrogen-positive breast cancer risk.  Some of the factors used in determining patients’ risk are their lifetime exposure to estrogen along with scientific markers to predict both a five-year and lifetime risk of developing this type of breast cancer.  BREVAGen uses an oral swab, which is sent to a CLIA-certified laboratory.  They study seven genetic markers and determine your risk factor based on those markers and other medical history.  Some of the medical history studied includes race, ethnicity, the age you first gave birth, your current age, your reproductive history and more.

Health insurance companies could garner some valuable information if BREVAGen becomes a widely used risk assessment measure.  They could lower health insurance rates for those with lower risk factors and offer additional health screenings and preventative care for those with higher risk factors.  The law ensures that Americans will not be denied health insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions, but a high risk factor may force people to compare health insurance rates if some companies use BREVAGen results to charge higher rates.  Primary Care Associates says that BREVAGen has been proven better at determining breast cancer risk than only using the Gail score.  They also say that it follows the guidelines for prevention and early detection given by the American Cancer Society and other non-profit cancer groups.

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