The beliefs, and reported and intended behaviors of unaffected men in response to their family history of prostate cancer Cowan, Ruth en_US Meiser, Bettina en_US Giles, Graham en_US Lindeman, Geoffrey en_US Gaff, Clara en_US 2021-11-25T12:57:59Z 2021-11-25T12:57:59Z 2008 en_US
dc.description.abstract Purpose: Genetic testing for hereditary cancer facilitates medical management and improves health outcomes. Genetic testing is not currently available for prostate cancer, but trials are underway to investigate if antiandrogens and selenium have a preventive role for at-risk individuals. To inform future genetic counseling, we sought to understand the pre-existing beliefs and behaviors of men with a family history of prostate cancer and explore their intention to adopt possible preventive behaviors in response to test results. Methods: A survey was completed by 280 men (response: 59%). Results: The belief that diet influenced prostate cancer risk was held by 73% of participants, whereas 37% believed in medication/natural therapies. Thirty-nine percent reported at least one change to their diet, alcohol consumption, smoking, exercise patterns, vitamin/mineral/supplement intake and/or medication/natural therapy in response to their family history. The men expressed interest in genetic testing with 92% `definitely` or `probably` interested. Definite interest was associated with number of affected relatives and prostate cancer-related anxiety. A positive genetic test would motivate 93% of men to make at least one behavioral change. Conclusions: Participants commonly believed behavioral factors influenced prostate cancer risk and reported that they would alter their behavior to reduce risk after (hypothetical) genetic testing. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1098-3600 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
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dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.title The beliefs, and reported and intended behaviors of unaffected men in response to their family history of prostate cancer en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
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unsw.relation.faculty Medicine & Health
unsw.relation.faculty Other UNSW
unsw.relation.ispartofissue 6 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofjournal Genetics in Medicine en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 430-438 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofvolume 10 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Cowan, Ruth en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Meiser, Bettina, Prince of Wales Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Giles, Graham, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Lindeman, Geoffrey, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Gaff, Clara, UNSW en_US Clinical School Prince of Wales Hospital *
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