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  1. The Importance of Older Family Members In Providing Social Resources And Promoting Cancer Screenings in Families With a Hereditary Cancer Syndrome: Study by the University of Memphis, 2011.  Utilizing the older members of families to facilitate screenings and provide emotional well being of family members may be beneficial.  Study indicated younger respondents were more willing to recruit older family members as providers of social resources.
  2. From Sweden, a very good Psycho-Social study Family perspectives in lynch syndrome becoming a family at risk, patterns of communication and influence on relations  9/2012
  3. Impact Of Genetic Testing on Risk-Reducing Behavior in Women AT Risk for Hereditary Gynecologic Cancer Syndromes from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts.  Conclusion: In the first year after genetic testing, women who tested positive for HBOC or Lynch syndrome increased uptake of prophylactic surgery or screening to reduce their risk of gynecologic cancers. Women with true-negative results do not pursue these unnecessary interventions, whereas those with indeterminate or variant test results do not significantly change their risk-reducing behaviors.
  4. Attitudes Toward Childbearing And Prenatal Testing In Individuals Undergoing Genetic Counseling for Lynch Syndrome:  Study of 161 individuals, mean age 46 years, 71 percent women and 53% having sustained cancer, by Dana Farber researchers revealed 80% worried about their childrens risk of cancer but only 9% reported their decision to have children was affected by their family history of cancer.
  5. From Genetics in Medicine:  September 2008, Volume 20 - Issue 9 - pp 691-698 Influence of genetic discrimination perceptions and knowledge on cancer genetics referral practice among clinician Lostuter, Katrina J. MS: Sand, Sharon BA; Blazer, Kathleen R. MS; MacDonald Deborarh J. PhD; Banks, Kimberly C. MS; Lee, Carola A. JD; Schwerin, Barbara U. Esq. Juarez, Margaret MD; Uman, Gwen C. PhD, WEitzel, Jeffrey N. MD.   Conclusion:  Concerns about genetic discriminationand knowledge deficits may be barriers to cancer genetics referrals.  Aclinicial education may help promote access to cancer screening and prevention. (Note:  96% viewed genetic testing as beneficial. 75% believed fear of genetic discrimination would cause patients to decline testing. More than 60% were not aware of federal or California laws prohibiting health insurance discrimination.  Concern about genetic discrimination was selectged as reason for NONREFERRAL BY 11% of physicians.
  6. National Cancer Institute Page On Psycho-Social Studies Of Those With Lynch Syndrome


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