[Perception of cancer causes and risk, family history and preventive behaviors of users in oncogenetic counseling]

Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da U S P (Impact Factor: 0.45). 04/2013; 47(2):377-384. DOI: 10.1590/S0080-62342013000200015
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The aims of the present study were to describe cancer causes and risk perception, and to associate behaviors adopted for the prevention of tumors and cancer family history in individuals with suspect of hereditary cancer syndromes. A convenience sample of 51 individuals was selected from an oncogenetic counseling outpatient clinic in a university hospital in the countryside of the state of São Paulo. An instrument adapted to Brazilian culture was used. The respondents considered their own risk as being the same as the population's risk, and family history was not statistically associated with the performing of preventive exams. These findings highlight the need for intervention by health professionals, especially nurses, who may conduct health education activities for this population, which is an essential component of nursing care in oncogenetics.

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Available from: Luís Carlos Lopes-Júnior, Jul 31, 2014
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