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Type of doctor who ordered genetic test

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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), GENMDTYP reports the type of physician who ordered the genetic test.


Before reading the question, the survey document directed interviewers to show a card.

The card listed the following choices:

1. Surgeon
2. Gastroenterologist
3. Gynecologist
4. Dermatologist
5. Medical Geneticist
6. Internal medicine or family practice physician
7. Genetic counselor
8. Oncologist
9. Pediatrician
10. Some other doctor

GENMDTYP 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.


GENMDTYP only exists in 2000.


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


  • 2000