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Paying for Cancer Screening and Prevention

Locate medical experts and find information on insurance coverage and financial assistance for risk management, treatment and follow up care.

Paying for screening and prevention of other HBOC cancers

Prostate cancer
National expert guidelines recommend that men with a BRCA2 mutation undergo prostate cancer screening beginning at age 40. The guidelines suggest men with a BRCA1 mutation consider prostate cancer screening at the same age. Most insurance companies will cover the cost of these tests for men with a BRCA1, BRCA2 or other inherited mutation linked to increased prostate cancer risk. If your insurance company denies these services, visit our health insurance appeals page for information on insurance appeals.  

Pancreatic cancer
No reliable tests are currently available to detect early pancreatic cancer; nor have reliable prevention options been developed. For this reason, no expert guidelines exist for pancreatic cancer screening and prevention. See below for pancreatic screening research studies that may cover the cost of screening or prevention within the study.  

Melanoma
No expert guidelines on melanoma screening and prevention exist for HBOC. However, most insurance companies cover the cost of an annual skin exam for people with a BRCA1, BRCA2 or other inherited mutation linked to increased melanoma risk. If your insurance company denies these services, visit our Health Insurance Appeals page for information on insurance appeals.  

Cancer screening and prevention within research
Early detection breast cancer research studies may cover the cost of screening or prevention within the study. The following studies are currently open:

Visit our HBOC research search tool to find additional prevention and detetion research studies. 

Financial assistance for screening and prevention services

Federally qualified health centers (also called “Community Health Centers”) can be a resource to anyone who needs financial assistance with their healthcare journey. Their mission is to provide care regardless of ability to pay. They often are the most knowledgeable about which other providers and organizations in their local community offer services at discounts, sliding fee scales, etc.  Their main focus is providing prevention services such as screenings.

All of the centers must provide access to mental health services and many provide access to general living assistance programs (energy assistance, child care assistance, housing assistance, etc.).

Updated 12/23/16

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