Navigation Links
Most Parents Tell Kids About Test Results for Breast Cancer Genes
Date:1/9/2012

MONDAY, Jan. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Most parents who have genetic tests for breast cancer risk share the findings with their children, a new study finds.

Researchers interviewed 253 parents who underwent genetic testing for mutations in two common breast cancer-related genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2) that can be inherited. All the participants had children younger than age 25 at the time of the genetic test.

Twenty-nine percent of the parents were found to have a BRCA gene mutation associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, said Dr. Angela Bradbury, of the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, and colleagues.

Most of the parents in the study shared their test results (positive or negative) with at least one of their children. Of the 505 children, 334 (66 percent) were informed about the findings of their parents' tests.

Parents were more likely to share their test results with older children, but results were shared with about half of children ages 10 to 13, and some children who were even younger.

The researchers also found that parents were more likely to tell their children about negative test results -- meaning no breast cancer-related mutation was found -- particularly if the child was a girl.

Most children were not distressed when told about their parents' test results, but they were more likely to be upset when a mutation was detected and when they were younger than age 10, according to the report published online Jan. 9 in the journal Cancer.

"We know that adolescence is a time when children establish many important health behaviors they continue in adulthood. An understanding about children's reactions to these communications may assist parents in their decisions about whether, or when, to share their genetic test results," Bradbury said in a journal news release.

"This could also help parents begin conversations with their children that can encourage them to adopt healthy behaviors but not cause them distress," she added.

More information

The American Association for Clinical Chemistry has more about BRCA1 and BRCA2 tests.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Cancer, news release, Jan. 9, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Most parents who get tested for breast cancer genes share results with their children
2. ADHD Drug Shortage Pushes Parents to Seek Substitutes
3. Parents Speak Out on Catastrophic Youth Sports Injuries
4. Parents May Hold Key to Healthy Weight in Hispanic Kids
5. If Parents Drink and Drive, Their Kids May Too: Study
6. Acceptance is protection: How can parents support gender nonconforming and transgender children?
7. Most Doctors Dont Tell Parents Kids Are Overweight
8. Why do some Mexican parents discourage teens physical activity?
9. Parents views sought on childhood obesity risk
10. Stepchildren May Step Up to Help Elderly Stepparents
11. Conflicting views of a childs behavior problems from parents, teachers, and the child may be helpful to clinician
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Most Parents Tell Kids About Test Results for Breast Cancer Genes
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their pencils and ... essay contest in which patients and their families pay tribute to a genetic counselor ... National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. , ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... New York, NY (PRWEB) , ... June 24, ... ... lifestyle publication Haute Living, is proud to recognize Dr. Barry M. Weintraub as ... believes that “the most beautiful women in the world, and the most handsome ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Strategic Capital ... area economy by obtaining investment capital for emerging technology companies. SCP has ... have already resulted in more than a million dollars of capital investment for ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Venture ... Golf Classic Tournament held on June 20th at the Woodmont Country Club at ... Luke’s Wings, an organization dedicated to helping service members that have been wounded in ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Advanced Plastic Surgery Institute ... pageant as its official Medspa Sponsor. Dr. Josh Olson, a board-certified plastic surgeon, ... , Dr. Olson says the decision to support the pageant in an official ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... , June 27, 2016 Jazz Pharmaceuticals ... waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of ... acquisition of Celator Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("Celator"; Nasdaq: ... p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). As previously announced ... into a definitive merger agreement under which Jazz Pharmaceuticals ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... June 26, 2016 Story ... operating models within the health care industry is causing ... efficiency , Deloitte offers a suite of solutions ... issues impacting efficient cost optimization: labor resource analysis, revenue ... services facilitate better outcomes and better economics ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016  Collagen Matrix, Inc., ("Collagen ... and manufacturing of collagen and mineral based medical ... that Bill Messer has joined the ... further leverage the growing portfolio of oral surgery, ... Bill joins the Collagen Matrix executive team ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: