Communicating about Familial Risk of Breast Cancer

SSS health researcher M. Elizabeth Hodgson is a coauthor of an article in the Journal of Women’s Health that describes an assessment of the relative importance of information sources about familial (genetic) risk for breast cancer, and women’s reporting they had enough information to speak with their daughters about it. Based on a survey of Sister Study participants, 65 percent of women reported feeling adequately informed. Communication—with providers and within other trusted relationships—was an essential component in women’s reporting they had all the information they needed to talk to their daughters. Other authors of the article include researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Northrop Grumman Corporation, University of Bergen, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

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