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GENTCANHR
Ever heard of genetic testing for cancer risk

Description

For sample adults, GENTCANHR indicates whether repondents had ever heard of genetic testing for cancer risk.

 

GENTCANHR was the first question in a section of the 2000, 2005 and 2010 Cancer Control Module dedicated to questions on genetic testing. Interviewers began this part of the survey by reading the following statement:

The following questions refer to "genetic testing for cancer risk." That is, testing your blood to see if you carry genes which may predict a greater chance of developing cancer at some point in your life. This does NOT include tests to determine if you have cancer now.

The 2005 Field Representative's Manual adds:

When asked GTHEARD, "Have you EVER HEARD of genetic testing to determine if a person is at greater risk of developing cancer?", if the respondent says "Yes," then he or she will be asked the other questions in this section. If the respondent says "No," "Don't Know," or refuses, then he or she will skip to the questions on perceived personal risk of getting cancer.

The 2000 and 2005 Field Representative's Manual defines genetic testing as:

A blood test that assesses if the person has genes that predict a greater chance of developing cancer at some point in the lifespan. It does not include any of the tests that help determine if the person had cancer in the past, or has it now.

The 2010 Field Representative's Manual states that, "Genetic testing for cancer risk means testing the blood to determine if an individual carries genes which may predict a greater chance of developing cancer at some point in their lifetime."

Comparability

GENTCANHR is completely comparable across years.

Universe

  • 2000; 2005; 2010: Sample adults age 18+.

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Availability

  • 2000, 2005, 2010
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