Annals of Surgical Oncology

, Volume 5, Issue 7, pp 607–612

Awareness and attitudes concerning BRCA gene testing

  • Avigyail Mogilner
  • Marc Otten
  • John D. Cunningham
  • Steven T. Brower
Original Articles

DOI: 10.1007/BF02303830

Cite this article as:
Mogilner, A., Otten, M., Cunningham, J.D. et al. Annals of Surgical Oncology (1998) 5: 607. doi:10.1007/BF02303830

Abstract

Background: The availability of a commercial test for the breast cancer susceptibility genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, has generated interest in both the medical community and the general public.

Methods: Patients and family members were approached in the waiting room and asked to fill out an anonymous questionnaire about their awareness of breast cancer genes and breast cancer gene testing, and their desire to be tested. χ2 analysis was used to analyze frequencies between groups.

Results: A total of 354 women completed a questionnaire concerning the breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2. The very young, the very old, and African-Americans were the least informed in terms of awareness of the genes and the availability of testing for the breast cancer susceptibility genes. Jewish people, people with a college education or beyond, people earning more than $30,000 a year, and Caucasians were more aware of the genes and of testing for these genes. Interest in being tested was similar in all groups, except for participants over 60 and those who had only an elementary-school education.

Conclusions: Information concerning the breast cancer susceptibility genes has not reached the general public uniformly. A concerted effort is needed if this information is to be passed on to those people at risk.

Key Words

BRCA 1 BRCA 2 Breast cancer Genetic counseling 

Copyright information

© The Society of Surgical Oncology, Inc. 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Avigyail Mogilner
    • 1
  • Marc Otten
    • 1
  • John D. Cunningham
    • 1
  • Steven T. Brower
    • 1
  1. 1.From the Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical OncologyMount Sinai Medical CenterNew York

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