Women's Health

Research Reveals Many Women Do Not Follow Through with Recommended Genetic Testing

Assumed non-compliance

Assumed non-compliance

In reaction to the women who had not undergone genetic testing, the team was concerned for those who are not aware they have the cancer-risk mutations. If identified, women with the mutations could be advised to explore the option to lessen their risk of getting cancer; undergoing more frequent and specialized screening, taking preventive medications, undergoing risk-reducing surgery, and making lifestyle changes such as improving diet, exercise habits and smoking cessation.
groups were small. Larger samples for continued testing will be required.

Additionally, the report comes with a research team disclaimer:

“The study has some limitations, including that data was self-reported and not verified by medical records, and that subjects may not have accurately remembered whether they discussed or took the genetic test.”

Study results do not directly address the issues of Non-Compliance, Miscommunication, or Poor Follow-Up so these questions remain essentially unanswered.

However, non-compliance issues are suggested due to the large percentage of women who did not follow up with the ordered tests.