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Fraud Alert! Genetic test scams are a growing problem.

Genetic Testing & Counseling

Overview

September 27, 2019 - Federal law enforcement agencies recently charged 35 individuals associated with dozens of telemedicine companies and cancer genetic testing laboratories for fraudulent genetic testing and Medicare billing practices. Scams are a growing problem. If you are considering DNA/genetic testing, there is important information that you should know first.

See this recent fraud alert issued by the Office of Inspector General and learn how you can protect yourself from fraud, misinformation, and harm.

There is a flood of information available about genetic tests for cancer risk in the media, and even at community events, such as health fairs and senior centers. Genetic testing can provide important, life-saving information when done in the right way. If you are considering genetic testing to learn more about your hereditary cancer risk, or if you have already received genetic test results, consider speaking with a genetic counselor, doctor or other health care provider who has advanced training in genetics. This is the most reliable way to obtain and understand information about your risk.

View a detailed graphic of the fraud scheme

Watch this brief video about genetic testing fraud.

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