Codes and Frequencies
For sample adults (in 2015) and female sample adults (in 2000, 2005, and 2010) who have ever had a genetic test to determine the risk of developing cancer in the future (GENTCANEV), GENTBCAN indicates whether the respondent's most recent genetic test was for breast cancer risk.
Other choices asked about include:
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
GENTBCAN was included in a section of the Cancer Control Module dedicated to questions on genetic testing introduced in 2000. Interviewers began this part of the survey by reading the following statement:
The 2000 and 2005 Field Representative's Manual defines genetic testing as:
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."
Users will need to limit their sample to female sample adults in order to compare 2015 to earlier years. Additionally, changes to the universe beginning in 2015 may limit its comparability to earlier years. In 2015, GENTBCAN was asked of sample respondents who had undergone genetic testing to assess their risk for cancer. In earlier years, GENTBCAN was asked of female sample respondents who had heard of genetic testing for cancer risk and had also undergone genetic testing to assess their risk for cancer.
- 2000; 2005; 2010: Female sample adults age 18+ who have heard of genetic testing for cancer risk and had genetic testing for cancer risk.
- 2015: Sample adults age 18+ who have had genetic testing for cancer risk.
- 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015
- 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015 : SAMPWEIGHT