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Vol. 6, No. 3, 2003
Issue release date: June 2004
Section title: Original Paper
Community Genet 2003;6:147–156
(DOI:10.1159/000078162)

Awareness of Genetic Testing for Increased Cancer Risk in the Year 2000 National Health Interview Survey

Wideroff L. · Thomas Vadaparampil S. · Breen N. · Croyle R.T. · Freedman A.N.
National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Bethesda, Md., USA

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Abstract of Original Paper

Received: 6/27/2003
Accepted: 2/13/2004
Published online: 6/23/2004

Number of Print Pages: 10
Number of Figures: 2
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 1662-4246 (Print)
eISSN: 1662-8063 (Online)

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Abstract

Objectives: This study explores factors associated with differential awareness of genetic tests for increased cancer risk in the US. Methods: 27,405 respondents from the 2000 National Health Interview Survey, ages 25+, were asked if they had heard of these tests. Results: 44.4% said ‘yes’, including 49.9% of whites, 32.9% of African-Americans, 32.3% of American Indians/Alaskan Natives, 28.0% of Asian/Pacific Islanders, and 20.6% of Hispanics. In multivariate analysis, test awareness was significantly associated with higher education, white race, age <60 years, female gender, private health insurance, personal or parent’s history of certain cancers, physical activity, and vitamin/supplement use, among other factors. Conclusions: The survey showed which population subgroups may lack access to cancer genetics information and may therefore benefit from targeted strategies to ensure risk-appropriate utilization of genetic counseling and testing.


  

Author Contacts

Louise Wideroff, PhD
National Cancer Institute
EPN 4005 MSC 7344, 6130 Executive Blvd.
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7344 (USA)
Tel. +1 301 435 6823, Fax +1 301 435 3710, E-Mail wideroff@nih.gov

  

Article Information

Number of Print Pages : 10
Number of Figures : 2, Number of Tables : 2, Number of References : 75

  

Publication Details

Community Genetics

Vol. 6, No. 3, Year 2003 (Cover Date: Released June 2004)

Journal Editor: L.P. ten Kate, Amsterdam
ISSN: 1422–2795 (print), 1422–2833 (Online)

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Received: 6/27/2003
Accepted: 2/13/2004
Published online: 6/23/2004

Number of Print Pages: 10
Number of Figures: 2
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 1662-4246 (Print)
eISSN: 1662-8063 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PHG


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