Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 401–404 | Cite as

Obstetrics/Gynecology Residents’ Knowledge of Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer and Lynch Syndrome

  • Kaylene J. ReadyEmail author
  • Molly S. Daniels
  • Charlotte C. Sun
  • Susan K. Peterson
  • Hope Northrup
  • Karen H. Lu


Although there have been many studies regarding physicians’ knowledge of hereditary cancer syndromes, very little information exists regarding medical residents’ knowledge of hereditary cancer syndromes. Obstetrics/gynecology residents completed a test which evaluated their knowledge of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer and Lynch syndrome. Areas of relative deficit were identified. Residents indicated a desire and need for more education regarding this topic. Cancer genetics education programs should place more emphasis on the areas in which residents’ appeared to be deficient in order to aid future physicians in the identification of high-risk individuals.


BRCA1 BRCA2 Lynch syndrome Cancer genetics Education 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kaylene J. Ready
    • 1
    Email author
  • Molly S. Daniels
    • 2
  • Charlotte C. Sun
    • 2
  • Susan K. Peterson
    • 3
  • Hope Northrup
    • 4
  • Karen H. Lu
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Breast Medical Oncology—Unit 1354The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Gynecologic Oncology—Unit 1362The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Behavioral Science—Unit 1330The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  4. 4.Houston Medical SchoolThe University of TexasHoustonUSA

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