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Roussi Pagona , Miller Suzanne M
Genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer: A review of psychological and behavioral outcomes
Hellenic Journal of Psychology. 2005 Aug 2005;2(2) :135
PMID: 2005-14174-003   
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Abstract
In this paper, we review the literature on genetic testing and management uptake in women at increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer, from a theory-guided perspective. In the first section, basic information regarding hereditary breast and ovarian cancer is presented and issues raised by the availability of genetic testing are briefly discussed. The cognitive-affective health information processing model, which is used to integrate the findings in the existing literature, is introduced in the second section. Then, we review the psychological outcomes of receiving and communicating a genetic test result (third and fourth sections) and the impact of genetic testing on risk reduction and early detection behaviors (fifth section). In the final section, we provide an integrative overview of the literature, discuss the limitations of the existing research and delineate recommendations for future research. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract).
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