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The impact of breast cancer genetic risk assessment on intentions to perform cancer surveillance behaviors

Bennett, Paul, Wilkinson, Clare Elizabeth, Turner, Jim, Griffith, Gethin, France, Barbara, Brain, Katherine Emma and Gray, Jonathon 2007. The impact of breast cancer genetic risk assessment on intentions to perform cancer surveillance behaviors. Journal of Genetic Counselling 16 (5) , pp. 617-623. 10.1007/s10897-007-9100-9

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One hundred and fifty-four women undergoing breast/ovarian cancer genetic risk assessment completed questionnaires at entry into the Cancer Genetic Service for Wales (CGSW) assessment program and following risk provision, mapping the strength of intentions to engage in a number of preventive/surveillance behaviors, including seeing specialists, breast self-examination, and involvement in screening programs, including mammography. A number of potential predictors of intentions were also assessed, including participants' mood and emotional response to receiving risk information, the perceived benefits (in terms of reassurance and early disease detection) of engaging in each preventive behavior, and the perceived desires of their family and General Practitioner. Intentions to self-examine did not change following risk provision, although strength of intentions to engage in some other preventive behaviors did lessen. Family and General Practitioners appeared to be strong social influences on behavioral intentions, as were the perceived benefits of gaining reassurance and/or early detection of disease.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis; Breast Neoplasms / epidemiology*; Breast Neoplasms / genetics; Genetic Testing; Humans; Population Surveillance*; Risk Assessment
Additional Information: Full Text Sources Springer Ovid Technologies, Inc. ProQuest Other Literature Sources COS Scholar Universe Labome Researcher Resource - ExactAntigen/Labome Medical Breast Cancer - MedlinePlus Health Information
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1059-7700
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:17

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