The effect of a school-based educational intervention on gender differences in reported family cancer history

John M. Quillin, Joann N Bodurtha, Donna K. McClish, Kristyn N. Hoy, Ian J. Wallace, Alice Westerberg, Steven J. Danish

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Background. Gender differences in reported family cancer history could reduce the effectiveness of genetic screening for cancer risk. Methods. We randomized 6 schools to teach ninth graders about health genealogy through workshops or offered a delayed intervention. We assessed the effect of the intervention on reported family history of various cancers along with gender and side of the family from which cancer was reported. Results. Girls reported more breast cancer in the family. Both sexes reported more maternal relatives with breast cancer. There were no treatment group effects. Conclusions. There are gender differences in reported family history of breast cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-185
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Oncology

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