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Confident results of genetic tests are accurate

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For sample adults who had heard of genetic testing for cancer risk (GENTCANHR), and who had had a genetic test to determine the risk of developing cancer in the future (GENTCANEV), and who had received the results of that test (GENRESUL), GENACCUR reports respondent confidence in the accuracy of the test.


GENACCUR was included in a section of the 2000 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 that 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 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.

According to the 2000 Manual, the purpose of the genetic testing questions is to provide information about "the level of knowledge and experience of genetic tests for cancer risk among the general population."

The 2000 Survey Description cautions that while "all sample adults were to be asked the questions in the Cancer Control Module, some persons did not complete the supplement." Respondents who answered less than 50 percent of the questions in the supplement had a value of "not ascertained" automatically inserted in the appropriate fields of all of the questions in the Cancer Control Module file. These observations are coded as (insert completion code here). In 2000, 3.6% of sample adults were in this category.


GENACCUR only exists in 2000.


  • 2000: Sample adults age 18+ who have had genetic testing for cancer risk and have received the results.


  • 2000