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Knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of Arab-American women regarding inherited cancer risk.
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PMID:  23054337     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The increasing incidence of breast cancer in the Arab world, coupled with a relatively early age of onset, raises concern for the presence of hereditary risk factors in this population. However, due to potential structural and cultural barriers, Arab Americans make up the smallest percentage of individuals tested for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome in the United States. The objectives of this qualitative pilot focus group of 13 Arab-American women were to explore attitudes, knowledge and beliefs regarding hereditary breast cancer in the Arab-American community in metropolitan Detroit, identify barriers that would prevent women from seeking hereditary cancer screening/testing and determine who women would talk to about inherited cancer. Results indicated that cultural beliefs and personal experiences with cancer influenced the women's perspectives on hereditary cancer risk. A high level of secrecy about cancer within Arab-American families was present, which may prevent accurate risk assessment and referral for genetic services. Other identified barriers that may influence hereditary risk assessment included stigma, fears and misconceptions of cancer. While these barriers were present, participants also expressed a strong need for education and tailored cancer risk information for their community.
Suzanne Mellon; Jacqueline Gauthier; Michelle Cichon; Adnan Hammad; Michael S Simon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2012-10-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of genetic counseling     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1573-3599     ISO Abbreviation:  J Genet Couns     Publication Date:  2013 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-03-15     Completed Date:  2013-09-03     Revised Date:  2013-10-22    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9206865     Medline TA:  J Genet Couns     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  268-76     Citation Subset:  IM    
Saint Anselm College and Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University, 100 Saint Anselm Drive #1699, Manchester, NH 03102-1310, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Neoplasms / genetics*,  psychology
Genetic Predisposition to Disease*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Ovarian Neoplasms / genetics*,  psychology
United States
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