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Disparities in Genetic Testing: Thinking Outside the BRCA Box

Hall, Michael J. and Olopade, Olufunmilayo I. (2006) Disparities in Genetic Testing: Thinking Outside the BRCA Box. JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, 24 (14). pp. 2197-2203.

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Abstract

The impact of predictive genetic testing on cancer care can be measured by the increased demand for and utilization of genetic services as well as in the progress made in reducing cancer risks in known mutation carriers. Nonetheless, differential access to and utilization of genetic counseling and cancer predisposition testing among underserved racial and ethnic minorities compared with the white population has led to growing health care disparities in clinical cancer genetics that are only beginning to be addressed. Furthermore, deficiencies in the utility of genetic testing in underserved populations as a result of limited testing experience and in the effectiveness of risk reducing interventions compound access and knowledge-base disparities. The recent literature on racial/ethnic health care disparities is briefly reviewed, and is followed by a discussion of the current limitations of risk assessment and genetic testing outside of white populations. The importance of expanded testing in underserved populations is emphasized.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Access to full text is subject to the publisher's access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: predictive genetic testing, cancer care, reducing cancer risks, genetic counseling, cancer predisposition testing, racial/ethnic health care disparities
Subjects: Health > Health Equity
Health > Disparities
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Cancer
Research > Genetics and Race
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    Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2011
    Last Modified: 25 May 2011 10:02
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/650

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