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Publication Abstract

Authors: Velicer CM, Taplin S

Title: Genetic testing for breast cancer: where are health care providers in the decision process?

Journal: Genet Med 3(2):112-9

Date: 2001 Mar-Apr

Abstract: PURPOSE: To identify BRCA1/2 knowledge, genetic testing intentions, and communication patterns in breast cancer survivors (survivors). METHODS: A population-based survey was conducted of 276 female survivors diagnosed between the ages of 40 and 49 and living 5 to 10 years postdiagnosis. RESULTS: Of the 79% who responded, 8% spoke with health care providers and 53% spoke with relatives about testing. Few (26%) correctly answered over half the BRCA knowledge questions. Intention to obtain testing varied (26-67%), depending on insurance coverage. CONCLUSION: Health care providers and survivors seldom discuss BRCA testing. Providing information to survivors would increase their ability to make informed testing decisions.

Last Modified: 03 Sep 2013