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GENTOTHCAN
Had genetic test for other type of cancer risk

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), GENTOTHCAN indicates whether the respondent had a genetic test for another risk other than those offered as choices.

 

Other choices asked about include:

GENTBCAN- Respondent's most recent genetic test was for breast cancer risk
GENTCOLCAN- Respondent's most recent genetic test was for colon/rectal cancer risk
GENTOVCAN- Respondent's most recent genetic test was for ovary cancer risk

GENTOTHCAN 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

GENTOTHCAN is completely comparable across time.

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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