Table 1.

Socio-demographic, disease, and psychosocial characteristics of participants at pretest education session according to BRCA1/2 test result

CharacteristicsCarriers (n = 105)
Noncarriers (n = 140)
Inconclusive (n = 255)
n* (%)n (%)n (%)
Age at pretest (y)
    20-4955 (52)78 (56)82 (32)
    50-6949 (47)56 (40)154 (60)
    ≥701 (1)6 (4)19 (7)
    Mean ± SD48.0 ± 11.548.0 ± 13.254.3 ± 10.5
Education (y)
    ≤1254 (52)79 (56)109 (43)
    >1249 (48)61 (44)144 (57)
    Mean ± SD12.8 ± 3.712.4 ± 3.513.2 ± 3.7
Living with a spouse
    Yes76 (75)100 (73)181 (72)
    No25 (25)37 (27)70 (28)
Has children
    Yes79 (77)113 (83)202 (81)
    No23 (23)23 (17)48 (19)
Cancer status
    Affected68 (65)19 (14)121 (48)
    Not affected37 (35)121 (86)134 (52)
Genetic testing
    Full sequencing6 (6)1 (1)77 (30)
    Common mutations99 (94)139 (99)178 (70)
Tested to be reassured
    Not at all23 (23)24 (17)73 (30)
    A little16 (16)15 (11)55 (22)
    Moderately21 (21)40 (29)46 (19)
    A lot40 (40)61 (44)73 (30)
Cancer susceptibility testing knowledge scores
    Mean ± SD61.7 ± 15.158.3 ± 16.656.8 ± 21.0
Pretest lifetime cancer risk perception
    Mean ± SD48.2 ± 26.939.9 ± 24.240.4 ± 21.8
  • * Because of missing data, the number of participants does not always add to the total.