Table 3

Perceived benefits of testing

Strongly agree or agree
Knowing that I carry the gene would motivate me to perform breast self-examination more frequently.90%
If I were found to carry the gene, it would help my daughter(s) or sister(s) decide whether to undergo genetic testing.89%
My concerns about developing (having a recurrence of) breast cancer would be reduced if I knew I did not carry the gene.89%
Knowing that I carry the gene would help me decide whether to go for more frequent mammograms.81%
Knowing whether or not I carry the gene would increase my sense of personal control.74%
Knowing whether or not I carry the gene would help me make important life decisions (e.g., getting married and having children).70%
Knowing that I carry the gene would help me to decide whether to undergo bilateral mastectomy (an operation to move both breasts).44%