Athens for While per cent indicated an interest in taking it up, per cent said they definitely would when testing was available. Strength of intentions was predicted by the degree of cancer worry and perceived risk of cancer. Despite these and similar studies, the wider emotional responses to cancer genetic screening have been largely ignored. One may go even further to suggest that screening programmes are viewed through a psychopathological perspective ? asking what harm we do to people who go through them rather than what benefits people gain. This is clearly a very important issue, but such data present only a partial picture of the emotional response to cancer genetic testing, which may be more positive. Women are unlikely to take part in the testing process unless they have some positive expectation of benefit ? evident perhaps through emotional states such as hope or optimism. Similarly, they may feel relief if the testing shows them to be at population risk. Athens 2016.

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