Table 3.

Interest in genetic testing and cancer screening

Population-based (n = 134), n (%)Self-referral (n = 134), n (%)
Increases your risk for cancer very much
    Genetics*31 (25)58 (44)
    Family history of colorectal cancer*28 (22)56 (43)
    Your own body chemistry*23 (18)47 (36)
    Added chemicals in the air19 (15)32 (24)
    Added chemicals in food20 (15)33 (25)
    Eating too much14 (11)25 (19)
Are a candidate for genetic testing, definitely yes*10 (8)52 (40)
Interested in genetic test, definitely yes*19 (15)64 (49)
Interested if insurance covers cost, definitely yes*32 (25)80 (61)
Interested if you had to pay for it yourself3 (2)13 (10)
Know a lot about own cancer risk*15 (11)39 (30)
Read or heard a lot about genetic testing for cancer risk2 (2)8 (6)
Read or heard a lot about your cancer risk*19 (14)43 (32)
Definitely planning to have cancer screening§68 (51)91 (69)
Intend to screen self for cancer every month, strongly agree§13 (10)31 (23)
Intend to follow the routine recommendations for cancer screening for people your age, strongly agree*31 (24)57 (43)
Intend to have more frequent screening than is routinely recommended for people your age, strongly agree§6 (5)21 (16)
  • * P < 0.001.

  • P < 0.05.

  • P < 0.1.

  • § P < 0.01.