Journal of Community Genetics

, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp 211–221 | Cite as

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

  • Susan T. VadaparampilEmail author
  • Gwendolyn P. Quinn
  • Julie Dutil
  • Marieva Puig
  • Teri L. Malo
  • Jessica McIntyre
  • Rossybelle Perales
  • Euna M. August
  • Zuheily Closser
Original Article


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.


Genetic counseling Genetic testing Hereditary cancer Hispanic Puerto Rico 



Funding for this project was provided by Grant 1 R03 HG003887 from the National Human Genome Research Institute and by NIH U56 10-14352-03-07. The work contained within this publication was supported in part by the Survey Methods Core Facility at Moffitt Cancer Center. We would also like to thank Ms. Carmen Pacheco and Mr. Juan Carlos Vega for their assistance with recruitment in Puerto Rico.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan T. Vadaparampil
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Gwendolyn P. Quinn
    • 1
    • 2
  • Julie Dutil
    • 3
  • Marieva Puig
    • 4
  • Teri L. Malo
    • 1
  • Jessica McIntyre
    • 1
  • Rossybelle Perales
    • 1
  • Euna M. August
    • 1
  • Zuheily Closser
    • 1
  1. 1.Health Outcomes and Behavior ProgramMoffitt Cancer CenterTampaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Oncologic Sciences, College of MedicineUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  3. 3.Ponce School of MedicinePoncePuerto Rico
  4. 4.University of Puerto RicoSan JuanPuerto Rico

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