Awareness and preferences regarding BRCA1/2 genetic counseling and testing among latinas and non-latina white women at increased risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer

Amanda Dawn Gammon, Erin Rothwell, Rebecca Simmons, Jan T. Lowery, Lori Ballinger, Deirdre A. Hill, Kenneth M. Boucher, Anita Yeomans Kinney

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Abstract

This study was an investigation of awareness, cognitions, and psychosocial and educational needs related to genetic counseling and testing among Latinas and non- Latina whites at increased risk for having a BRCA1/2 mutation. Sixty-three Latina and eighty-four non-Latina white women completed telephone surveys employing a mixture of quantitative and qualitative questions assessing awareness, benefits, risks, barriers, and genetic counseling communication preferences regarding BRCA1/2 testing. Among participants who had not previously had genetic counseling/testing, 56.9% of Latinas (29/51) and 34.8% of non-Latina white participants (24/69) were unaware of the availability of BRCA1/2 testing. In multivariate logistic regression analysis, Latina ethnicity was the only statistically significant independent factor associated with lack of awareness (OR=0.42; 95% CI=0.19-0.35). No appreciable differences were noted between ethnic groups regarding perceived benefits of BRCA1/2 testing or desired genetic counseling topics. These findings underscore the importance of increasing awareness of cancer genetic counseling and genetic testing among both Latina and non-Latina white populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)625-638
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Genetic Counseling
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Genetics(clinical)

Keywords

  • Awareness
  • BRCA1 and BRCA2
  • Genetic counseling
  • Genetic testing
  • Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer
  • Latinos
  • Preferences

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