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Genet Med. 2003 Mar-Apr;5(2):99-105.

Does knowledge about the genetics of breast cancer differ between nongeneticist physicians who do or do not discuss or order BRCA testing?

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  • 1Abt Associates Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To assess nongeneticist physicians' knowledge and experience with BRCA1/2 testing.

METHODS:

In 1998, 2250 internists, obstetrician-gynecologists (Ob-Gyns), and oncologists practicing in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, or New Jersey were surveyed.

RESULTS:

Forty percent responded. Only 13% of internists, 21% of Ob-Gyns, and 40% of oncologists correctly answered all four knowledge questions about genetic aspects of breast cancer and testing for it. Knowledge was associated with discussing or ordering only among oncologists.

CONCLUSION:

Despite deficiencies in their knowledge about the genetic aspects of breast cancer, many nongeneticist physicians have discussed testing and some have ordered testing.

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