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GENTHINS
Genetic testing affects health insurance

Description

For sample adults who had ever heard of genetic testing for cancer risk (GENTCANHR), and who had ever had a genetic test to determine the risk of developing cancer in the future (GENTCANEV), GENTHINS indicates whether the respondent's genetic testing affected their health insurance.

 

After asking the question, "Do you believe that getting a genetic test for cancer risk has or will affect your health insurance coverage?" the survey form directed interviewers to read if necessary, "Effects include losing your health insurance coverage or not being eligible for health insurance if you change jobs or move."

GENTHINS was included 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 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

GENTHINS is completely comparable across years.

Universe

  • 2000; 2005; 2010: Sample adults age 18+ who have had genetic testing for cancer risk.

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Availability

  • 2000, 2005, 2010
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