A GP guide to MBS items for BRCA genes

Medicare rebates are now available for testing DNA variants of BRCA and other genes. Here’s a round-up of how and when to access them.
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Loss of function of BRCA1 or BRCA2 occurs through a pathogenic change to DNA.

Increasing awareness of the role of genetics in breast and ovarian cancer, and a number of new and widely publicised MBS items providing rebated testing related to BRCA genes, have resulted in a rise in enquiries to GPs from patients about these tests.