Journal article

"It wasn't just for me": Motivations and implications of genetic testing for women at a low risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome

Gulvir Gill, Catherine Beard, Kirsty Storey, Shelby Taylor, Adrienne Sexton

PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2020


OBJECTIVE: Genetic testing for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) due to pathogenic variants in BRCA1 or BRCA2 is why most women present to familial cancer centers. Despite being assessed as low risk for HBOC, many women proceed with genetic testing. This study explored the genetic testing experiences of unaffected women at low risk of HBOC to clarify what motivates these women to have testing, and what are the implications of the results. METHODS: A qualitative approach was taken. Participants included women who had genetic testing for HBOC from 2016-2018 at the Parkville Familial Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted, and themat..

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