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Hereditary cancer testing, made accessible

Empower is a genetic test for those who want to know more about their risk of developing cancer, why it might be common in their family, or want to inform treatment options following a cancer diagnosis.

Empower screens for genes associated with increased risk for common hereditary cancers. Our Empower multi-cancer panels include commonly screened-for genes associated with 12+ types of cancer.

Get Ahead of Cancer: How Previvors Protect Their Health

Cancer previvors are healthy people who know they inherited a high risk for cancer, and can take action to lower their risk. Genetic risk for certain cancers runs in families, dramatically increasing a person’s lifetime risk for developing cancer. If you know you’re at risk, you can take steps to get ahead of cancer.

The Empower™ Hereditary Cancer Test screens your DNA for a wide range of gene variants that are known to impact risk for multiple kinds of cancer. Ask your clinician if Empower is right for you and your family.

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Know your risk

Approximately 5 to 10 percent of all cancers can be attributed to inherited variants or mutations. Patterns of cancer can be seen in families where people have these mutations. If you are concerned about cancer patterns in your family, genetic testing can give you more information.

Know your risk

Move Forward With Confidence

The Empower hereditary cancer test analyzes your DNA for genes that could increase your cancer risk or impact cancer treatment.

“I have a chance to take actionable steps. I don’t have to wait for things to happen to me. I get to decide whether or not I know as much as I can and whether or not I do as much as I can.”

Megan Trimble - Cancer Previvor, Lynch Syndrome Carrier

Natera is a proud sponsor of AliveAndKickn and their Living with Lynch campaign

How it works


Provider orders an Empower Hereditary Cancer Test.


Patient provides a blood or saliva sample.


Patients review results with their provider within 2 weeks.

Understand your results : There are three possible results from the Empower test



No variants known to increase risk for cancer were detected in the genes analyzed. You should speak with your provider to assess your risk based on your personal and family health history.



A variant was found which may be associated with an increased risk for certain cancer types. You should speak with your provider about your results and continue to follow their recommendations. In some cases, there may be implications for cancer treatment.



A variant has been identified but there is not enough information to determine whether it increases cancer risk or impacts treatment decisions. Variant of Uncertain Significance (VUS) status may change as research progresses. You should speak with your healthcare provider to assess your risk based on your personal and family history.

Commitment to affordability

Natera is proud to be an in-network provider with most health plans, including Anthem, Cigna, and UnitedHealthcare. The cost of Empower varies according to the screening panel selected and your specific insurance coverage. For patients without adequate insurance coverage, Natera also offers self-pay pricing and compassionate care options.

Commitment to affordability
Family Testing Program

Family Testing Program

Testing for all blood relatives of patients with a positive result is available at no additional charge*. The test can be ordered by their provider with a copy of your test result. If you receive a positive result, talk to your family about their risk and testing options.

*Order must be received within 90 days of original report date. Panel must be the same size or smaller compared to previous relative’s test order. Not available to family members covered by government insurance plans.

Is Empower right for you?

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