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Are Indigenous Australians Interested in Family History and Genetic Predisposition to Cancer? A Report of Cancer Patients in Queensland

 

Overview

The program aimed to explore the levels of interest among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer in identifying cancer risk in their family and seeking genetic counselling.

Quantitative data was collected via face-to-face interviews from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult cancer patients taking part in a study investigating their supportive care needs to investigate the participants’ family history of cancer and their willingness to discuss about cancer risk in their family. 

Two hundred and twenty five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients with cancer were interviewed. Overall, participants were mainly female (56%), with an average age of 53 years (range 20-78 years), had an educational level less than high school, (66%), were married (47%), unemployed (75%) and lived outer regional areas (41%). Seventy three per cent (73%) of participants reported having family history of cancer, of those, 50% had a first degree relative with cancer. Overall, 68% of participants indicated concern about relatives being affected by cancer and more than half of the participants (55.2%) indicated they would like to have discussions about cancer risk in their family with a specialist.

The findings suggest that a large number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer patients do have family history of cancer and appeared to be willing to undergo genetic counselling or investigation. 

Abstract adapted from Clinical Oncology Society of Australia

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Menzies School of Health Research
Level 1, 147 Wharf Street
Spring Hill Qld 4000
PO Box 10639
Adelaide Street
Brisbane Qld 4000
Ph: (07) 3309 3400
Fax: (07) 3832 0030

Related publications

Bernardes CM, Valery PC, Garvey G (2014)

Exploring the cancer risk perception and interest in genetic services among Indigenous people in Queensland, Australia.

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health; 38(4): 344-348

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Last updated: 30 June 2017
 
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