About 1/3 of Americans don’t want genetic testing for cancer

Most Americans would consider undergoing genetic testing to predict their risk for certain cancers, but confusion persists over the benefits and risks, according to a University of Utah poll.

The U.’s Huntsman Cancer Institute has invested heavily in genetics in recent months and sponsored a poll last fall to understand the public’s perception of genetic testing. The online survey of 1,202 insured adults found nearly two-thirds would be at least somewhat likely to seek genetic testing to predict their likelihood of developing hereditary cancer. Over four-fifths would use genetic information to guide treatment.

But 34 percent would not seek testing — even if cost wasn’t an issue — primarily due to fears that the results could make it harder to get a job or obtain health insurance.

Read the full, original story: Utah poll shows Americans still wary of genetic testing for cancer

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