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J Community Genet. 2011 Dec;2(4):211-21. doi: 10.1007/s12687-011-0058-9. Epub 2011 Jul 12.

A pilot study of knowledge and interest of genetic counseling and testing for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome among Puerto Rican women.

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  • 1Health Outcomes and Behavior Program, Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive, MRC CANCONT, Tampa, FL, 33612, USA, Susan.Vadaparampil@moffitt.org.

Abstract

This study explored baseline levels of knowledge and attitude toward genetic testing (GT) for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer among Puerto Rican women. A secondary aim was to evaluate whether these factors differed between respondents in Puerto Rico and Tampa. Puerto Rican women with a personal or family history of breast or ovarian cancer who live in Puerto Rico (n = 25) and Tampa (n = 20) were interviewed. Both groups were interested in obtaining GT; women living in Puerto Rico were more likely to report they would get GT within 6 months (p = 0.005). The most commonly cited barrier was cost; the most commonly cited facilitator was provider recommendation. There was no difference in overall knowledge between Tampa (M = 5.15, SD = 1.63) and Puerto Rico (M = 5.00, SD = 1.87) participants (p = 0.78). Involving health care providers in recruitment and highlighting that GT may be available at minimal or no cost in the USA and Puerto Rico may facilitate participation.

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