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.
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