Table 4

Perceived barriers of testing

Strongly agree or agree
If I were found to carry the gene for breast cancer, I would worry about passing the gene to my children.87%
Knowing that I carry the gene would cause me to worry more about other family members who could be carriers (e.g., mother, sisters, and daughters).79%
I would be ashamed if I were found to carry the gene.78%
I would be frightened if I were found to have the gene.73%
Being testing for the gene could jeopardize my insurance coverage.58%
If I were found to carry the gene, I would worry that the results would not stay confidential.56%
If I were found to carry the gene for breast cancer, I feel guilty if my daughter(s) developed breast cancer.55%
I would be angry if If I were found to carry to gene47%
I would feel guilty if one of my relatives had the gene and I did not.25%
Knowing that I carry the gene would cause me to feel less healthy than other people.22%
If I were found to carry the gene, it would cause others to view me negatively.21%
If I were found to carry the gene, I would feel singled out.19%
Knowing that I carry the gene would leave me in a state of hopelessness and despair.18%
I would consider suicide if I were found to carry the gene for breast cancer.3%