Colorectal cancer cases and relatives of cases indicate similar willingness to receive and disclose genetic information.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Genetic testing, Volume 12, Issue 3, p.415-20 (2008)


2008, Attitude to Health, Colorectal Neoplasms, FAMILY, Female, Genetic Counseling, Genetic Predisposition to Disease, Genetic Testing, Humans, Male, Public Health Sciences Division, Questionnaires, Registries, SEER Program


Recent developments in genetic testing allow us to detect individuals with inherited susceptibility to some cancers. Genetic testing to identify carriers of cancer-related mutations may help lower risk by encouraging preventive behaviors and surveillance. This study assessed willingness of colon cancer cases and relatives to receive genetic information that may indicate an increased risk for cancer, to whom they would disclose genetic information, and whether receiving genetic test results may influence future prevention behaviors among individuals enrolled in the Seattle Colorectal Cancer Family Registry.