Young Adult Female Cancer Survivors' Concerns About Future Children's Health and Genetic Risk. Journal of adolescent and young adult oncology Raghunathan, N. J., Benedict, C. n., Thom, B. n., Friedman, D. N., Kelvin, J. F. 2018; 7 (1): 125–29


As young adult female cancer survivors (aged 18-35) make family-building decisions, understanding the specific nature of their concerns is important. We evaluated survivors' concerns about potential health risks to future children including genetic susceptibility for cancer with an internet-based survey study (N?=?187). Sixty-five percent reported concern about passing on a genetic cancer risk to their children, and scores did not vary regardless of association with cancer at high risk for genetic transmission. Genetic counseling and education about family-building options may be important to survivors concerned about health risks to offspring to support family-building decisions based on personalized medical information.

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