Factors Influencing Uptake of Genetic Testing For Colorectal Cancer Risk in an Australian Jewish Population
B. J. Warner (1, 4) , L. J. Curnow (2), A. L. Polglase (1, 3) and H. S. Debinski (1)
(1) Family Cancer Clinic, Cabrini Health, Melbourne, Australia
(2) Genetic Health Services of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
(3) Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
(4) Family Cancer at Cabrini, Cabrini Hospital, 183 Wattletree Road, Malvern Victoria, 3144, Australia
There is a significant excess of colorectal cancer in the Australian Ashkenazi Jewish community. This study, published in the October 2005 issue of the Journal of Genetic Counseling (Vol. 14, No. 5, pp. 387-394), reports a high acceptability of genetic testing within a community sample of 300 Australian Jewish individuals — 94% of participants would have a test for predisposition to colorectal cancer and a majority would make this decision based on the desire for information for their families and to decrease their own cancer risk.
B. J. Warner
Abstract available online.
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