Title

Psychological issues in genetic testing for breast cancer

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1999

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Genetic testing for inherited forms of breast cancer is currently available to individuals who want to learn their genetic status for the BRCA1 and BRCA3 genes. Although still largely limited to research programs, widespread commercial testing and incorporation of genetic testing into primary care practices will occur in the not too distant future. Despite the availability of this technology, treatment and prevention strategies offered to these often healthy women are limited and somewhat controversial. Due to the medical and emotional complexities associated with the gap between genetic information and treatment interventions, behavioral scientists are currently investigating the psychosocial implications involved in genetic testing for the BRCA1/2 genes. This article attempts to summarize the current research models, and reviews the most recent findings of investigations evaluating the emotional and behavioral implications associated with genetic testing for breast cancer susceptibility.

Publication Title

WOMEN & HEALTH

Volume

28

Issue

4

First Page

73

Last Page

91

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