How Patients and Their Doctors Determine Cancer Risk—and What Happens Next
Posted November 19, 2020
If you were concerned that you might be at increased risk for a specific kind of cancer, what would you do to confirm that risk, and what would you be willing to do to reduce that risk? The answer is likely to be, "it depends on your doctor."
The ability to identify individuals at higher risk of cancer has significantly improved with technological and medical advances such as genetic testing and improved identification of precursor lesions. Individuals at higher risk for cancer are good candidates to potentially benefit from prevention interventions, including chemopreventive agents and risk-reducing surgery. However, studies have shown that acceptability, uptake, and adherence to preventive interventions is low, even among those at high risk of developing cancer.