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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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Health Outcomes and Behavior Program, Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive, MRC CANCONT, Tampa, FL, 33612, USA,


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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