Navigation Links
Online Genetic Testing Appears to Have Benefits
Date:6/30/2009

Lung cancer assessment allays some concerns about how patients interpret results, researchers say

TUESDAY, June 30 (HealthDay News) -- Online genetic testing for lung cancer appears to offer some benefits to patients, according to U.S. researchers who evaluated the use of an online test among 44 smokers.

"Up until now we have had a clear model for genetic testing. You see a professional genetics counselor, undergo a battery of tests and that professional helps you interpret your results," Saskia Sanderson, who conducted the study while at the social and behavioral research branch of the U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute, said in a news release from the American Association for Cancer Research.

"That model is coming under increasing pressure as more and more genetic information is generated, and as a greater number of genetic tests become available on the Internet," Sanderson added.

"What we found was encouraging in that people who got these online genetic results recalled them correctly, and no one regretted having taken the test, though it is important to remember that this was a small group of select smokers and that others may respond differently," said Sanderson, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of genetics and genomic sciences at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

The online test examined in this study assessed the presence or absence of the GSTM1 gene. The absence of the gene has been associated with a slightly increased risk of lung cancer. Half the smokers in the study were missing the gene, and all of them correctly identified themselves as "higher risk." Of those with GSTM1, 55 percent accurately identified themselves as "lower risk," while 41 percent interpreted their results as "average risk."

The patterns of accurate interpretation remained six months after the participants received their genetic test results, which suggests that they retained the information, the study said.

According to the researchers, the participants said they found the test results to be believable, trustworthy, easy to understand, relevant and important. Those who learned they had a higher genetic risk for lung cancer did have a short-term decrease in confidence that quitting smoking could reduce their risk of lung cancer. However, all the participants decided to use at least one of several smoking cessation aids.

The study is published in the July issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

"Genetic information is complex, and there is a risk that providing unfiltered information will result in heightened worry and misinterpretation of results," Jamie Ostroff, chief of behavioral science services at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and an editorial board member of the journal, said in the news release.

"This pilot study found no harm in undergoing these tests and underscores the importance of conducting future research as to how to best educate smokers about gene-environment risks," Ostroff said.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about genetic testing.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Association for Cancer Research, news release, June 30, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. AMA Manual of Style, the Bible for Medical and Scientific Publishing, Gains Online Presence
2. Medicsight Launches ColonCAD(TM) Online CTC Platform
3. Video: New Online Film Introduces Longevinex Advantage(TM) -- The First Resveratrol-Based Dietary Supplement to Address Both Cellular and Connective Tissue Aging
4. Bausch & Lomb Kicks Off U.S. Consumer Online Marketing Campaign for SofLens(R) Daily Disposable Contact Lenses
5. Consumers Can Now Shop Online for Individual Health Insurance Coverage With Mercy Health Plans
6. Conceive Introduces New MyConceive Online Community for Women Seeking to Get Pregnant
7. Web-based Scheduling Software is the New Online Shopping Cart for Services
8. New Online Company Is Helping to Bring a Solution to the Increasingly Devastating Problem of Healthcare Costs in America, at No Cost to Consumers
9. STOP SMOKING ONLINE: Houston Psychologists Develop Groundbreaking, Interactive Stop Smoking Program
10. Get Online Quotes Offers "Miami Dade Blue", A Blue Cross Blue Shield Plan As Part of Their Florida Health Insurance Offerings
11. Ser Padres Joins Forces with la Doctora Alizas VidaySalud.com to Offer the Hispanic Community Unprecedented Online Health-Related Content in Spanish
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Online Genetic Testing Appears to Have Benefits
(Date:2/10/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 , ... ... company is unveiling its revolutionary new 2.0 version at the International Roofing Expo ... “put the power of the world's most advanced weather technology in the hands ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... Garland, TX (PRWEB) , ... February 10, 2016 ... ... the commencement of a master charity program created to assist the local community. ... closely with community leaders and nonprofit organizations in the area. Their goal is ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... , ... Ongoing news of the ravages of traumatic brain injury (TBI) among ... that takes a closer look at cases of TBI being managed by their members. ... among the aging population, and identifies the challenges associated with their care. , During ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Armune BioScience signed a definitive agreement with ... centers across the country. Launched in April of 2015, Apifiny is the only cancer ... Apifiny order volume exceeded 3,000 tests in 2015. Primary care physicians and urologists have ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... ... February 10, 2016 , ... The ... been awarded the prestigious Distinguished Emerald Club of the World award, as determined ... magazine, one of the most respected trade publications serving private clubs. , “We’d ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/10/2016)... Jersey and OR AKIVA, Israel ... Regentis Biomaterials Ltd., a leader in the ... Series D investment round on February 5, 2016. The ... Group ("Haisco"), a leading Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturer, and ... SCP Vitalife Partners, Generali Financial Holdings and both the ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... Feb. 10, 2016  Silicon Biosystems Menarini Inc., ... that help uncover the biological complexities of disease ... a developer of innovative technologies for genomics research, ... aimed at enabling translational researchers to obtain high-quality ... hundred tumor and normal cells in an optimized ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... 2016 On Tuesday, February 9th, the ... with its Arthritis Advisory Committee to discuss ... & Johnson,s Remicade and most likely the ... U.S. The Biologics Prescribers Collaborative (BPC) along ... for Patient Access, American Association of Clinical ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: