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GENTCANEV
Ever had genetic test for cancer risk

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Description

For sample adults who had ever heard of genetic testing for cancer risk (GENTCANHR), GENTCANEV indicates whether the respondent ever had a genetic test for cancer risk.

 

After asking, "Have you ever HAD a genetic test to determine if you are at greater risk of developing cancer in the FUTURE?" the survey form directed the interviewer to read if necessary, "This does not include any test to see whether you had cancer in the PAST or have cancer NOW."

GENTCANEV 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

GENTCANEV is completely comparable across time.

Universe

  • 2000; 2005; 2010; 2015: Sample adults age 18+ who have heard of genetic testing for cancer risk.
  • 2015: Sample adults age 18+

Availability

  • 2000, 2005, 2010, 2015

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