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An examination of the psychosocial factors influencing colorectal cancer patients' communication of colorectal cancer patient risk with their siblings.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19900939     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined psychosocial factors influencing colorectal cancer (CRC) patients' communication with their first-degree relatives regarding their CRC risk. Among a sample of CRC patients who were members of a colon registry in New York (n = 127), 60% reported discussing CRC risk with their siblings. These discussions were related to the CRC patients' age of diagnosis, such that those diagnosed before age 45 years were more likely to communicate with their siblings about CRC risk. Despite advances made in CRC prevention, compliance with screening recommendations among individuals who may be at familial risk for the disease is low. Perhaps this underrepresentation reflects how CRC patients communicate with their first-degree relatives about their potential risk for the disease. This study examined the psychosocial factors influencing whether CRC patients communicate with their siblings about CRC risk. The sample included CRC patients with siblings who enrolled in a colon disease registry at a NYC metropolitan hospital. Participants completed questionnaires regarding their current psychosocial functioning, perceived risk of sibling's development of CRC, and communication of CRC risk with their siblings. Patients were predominantly Caucasian, with a mean age of 60.4 years. Of the 127 patients, 60% engaged in discussions with their siblings regarding their CRC risk. Patients diagnosed with CRC before the age of 45 years were more likely to discuss the risk of CRC with their siblings (P < 0.01). These data suggest that CRC patients may serve as an effective vehicle to promote CRC screening and support the need for health care providers to not only educate patients of the familial risk of CRC, but to also encourage these patients to communicate this information with their siblings.
Catalina Lawsin; Katherine Duhamel; Steven Itzkowitz; Karen Brown; Helen Lim; Lina Jandorf
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1538-7755     ISO Abbreviation:  Cancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev.     Publication Date:  2009 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-11-10     Completed Date:  2010-01-27     Revised Date:  2014-09-22    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9200608     Medline TA:  Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2907-12     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Colorectal Neoplasms / diagnosis,  prevention & control,  psychology*
Genetic Predisposition to Disease
Health Behavior*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Middle Aged
Neoplasm Staging
Risk Factors
Sibling Relations
Siblings / psychology*
Social Support
Grant Support
NCI-CA81137-05/CA/NCI NIH HHS; R25 CA081137/CA/NCI NIH HHS; R25 CA081137-05/CA/NCI NIH HHS

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