Breast Cancer: A Guide to Testing Options

Below are the most widely used or innovative personalized medicine tests for breast cancer. Many of these tests are available through your doctor, and some can even be ordered directly by you. A few of these tests are still in the research stage and are not widely available — we included them to show you what may be possible in the future.

The most commonly used tests are listed first within each category. Each test is listed just once, in the most appropriate category, but you can find more information on other test uses by following the link to the full write-up.

Prognosis: These tests give you information about how likely it is that your breast cancer will get worse or come back.

Inheritance: These tests help diagnose genetic conditions that raise the chance for breast cancer and certain other cancers.

Risk: These tests predict your chance for breast cancer.

Predict risk for many conditions based on gene variations: