Friday, March 27, 2009
Knowledge about (Lynch Syndrome) hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer; mutation carriers and physicians at equal levels
Two thirds of physicians and family members alike failed to recognize the increased risk of ovarian cancer in HNPCC
In summary, this study reveals weaknesses in HNPCC knowledge, particularly among physicians. By tradition, the medical perspective dominates and decides on relevant and evidence based interventions. When a majority of the physicians misinterpret hereditary mechanisms, underestimate the risk of cancer, and fail to recognize HNPCC associated tumor types the likelihood of misinformation is high. Physician behaviour may also influence patient adherence to surveillance programmes, and our findings strongly suggest that improved education in genetic medicine is needed for physicians responsible for diagnosis and management of the growing number of individuals at increased risk of cancer [31-33].
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