Purpose: Knowledge of breast cancer genetics is critical for those at increased risk whomust make decisions about breast cancer screening options. The purpose of this study was toexplore cognitive and emotional variables that might influence knowledge of breast cancergenetics.Methods: This descriptive, exploratory study analyzed theory-based relationships amongvariables related to knowledge of breast cancer genetics in cancer families. Participants includedfirst-degree relatives of women with breast cancer who had received genetic counseling andtesting; participants themselves did not have breast cancer and had not received geneticcounseling or testing. Data were collected by telephone interview and survey. Variables analyzedinclude numeracy, health literacy, cancer-related distress, age, education, and the reportedamount of information shared by the participants<'> family members about genetic counseling.Results: The multiple regression model explained 13.9% of variance in knowledge of breastcancer genetics (p = 0.03). Best fit of the multiple regression model included all variables excepteducation. Reported amount of information shared was the only independently significantpredictor variable (p = 0.01).Conclusion: Participants who reported higher levels of information shared by a familymember about genetic counseling also demonstrated increased knowledge about breast cancergenetics.
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Davis, Sarah Harmon, "Does Family Communication Matter? Exploring Knowledge of Breast Cancer Genetics in Cancer Families" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 7303.
knowledge, breast cancer, genetics, communication, precision medicine