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Will cancer risk assessment and counseling services survive genetic testing?
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PMID:  10522764     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
With the availability of genetic testing to detect increased hereditary susceptibility to breast and other cancers, Cancer Risk Assessment and Counseling services have come to be viewed by many primarily as a means of obtaining genetic testing and hereditary risk information. The public and healthcare professionals need to be aware that even when genetic testing is not used or is uninformative, families with and without a strong family history of cancer will benefit from Cancer Risk Assessment and Counseling if the process includes assessment of cancer risk, information about cancer etiology, help in dealing with the psychosocial consequences of the cancer experience, and development of emotional and medical coping strategies. Risk assessment services can best serve concerned individuals and their families when sufficient time is allotted for these primary aims, and when genetic testing is seen as one of the useful tools, not the primary goal of such services.
P T Kelly
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta oncologica (Stockholm, Sweden)     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0284-186X     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Oncol     Publication Date:  1999  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-11-03     Completed Date:  1999-11-03     Revised Date:  2009-11-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8709065     Medline TA:  Acta Oncol     Country:  NORWAY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  743-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Cancer Risk Assessment and Counseling, Berkeley, San Francisco, California 94109, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Genetic Counseling*
Genetic Predisposition to Disease
Genetic Testing*
Middle Aged
Neoplasms / genetics*,  psychology
Risk Assessment
Social Support

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