Awareness and preferences regarding BRCA1/2 genetic counseling and testing among Latinas and non-Latina white women at increased risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Academic Article uri icon

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  • This study was an investigation of awareness, cognitions, and psychosocial and educational needs related to genetic counseling and testing among Latinas and non-Latina whites at increased risk for having a BRCA1/2 mutation. Sixty-three Latina and eighty-four non-Latina white women completed telephone surveys employing a mixture of quantitative and qualitative questions assessing awareness, benefits, risks, barriers, and genetic counseling communication preferences regarding BRCA1/2 testing. Among participants who had not previously had genetic counseling/testing, 56.9% of Latinas (29/51) and 34.8% of non-Latina white participants (24/69) were unaware of the availability of BRCA1/2 testing. In multivariate logistic regression analysis, Latina ethnicity was the only statistically significant independent factor associated with lack of awareness (OR?=?0.42; 95% CI?=?0.19-0.35). No appreciable differences were noted between ethnic groups regarding perceived benefits of BRCA1/2 testing or desired genetic counseling topics. These findings underscore the importance of increasing awareness of cancer genetic counseling and genetic testing among both Latina and non-Latina white populations.

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  • 2011

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  • 10.1007/s10897-011-9376-7

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  • 21691939


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  • Awareness
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • European Continental Ancestry Group
  • Female
  • Genes, BRCA1
  • Genes, BRCA2
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Genetic Predisposition to Disease
  • Genetic Testing
  • Hispanic Americans
  • Humans
  • Ovarian Neoplasms