Although the availability of genetic tests seems like an unequivocally favorable turn of events, they are, in fact, not without controversy.
At the center of the controversy is a question regarding the risks and benefits of genetic testing.
Many geneticists, ethicists, psychologists, and persons at risk for cancer are concerned about the potentially adverse psychological effects of genetic testing on tested persons and their families.
In addition, the screening and interventions that are useful in the general population remain to be shown effective in those with high genetic cancer risk.
Consequently, there have been calls for caution in moving genetic testing out of research laboratories and into commercial laboratories until their impact and the effectiveness of cancer prevention strategies can be studied.
This article examines the arguments and data for and against this caution, citing examples related to hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer and drawing upon literature on testing for other genetic diseases.
Mots-clés Pascal : Carcinome, Côlon, Rectum, Héréditaire, Dépistage, Relation, Risque élevé, Indication, Effet psychologique, Risque, Etude critique, Homme, Tumeur maligne, Appareil digestif pathologie, Intestin pathologie, Côlon pathologie, Rectum pathologie, Maladie héréditaire, Psychologie, Ethique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Carcinoma, Colon, Rectum, Hereditary, Medical screening, Relation, High risk, Indication, Psychological effect, Risk, Critical study, Human, Malignant tumor, Digestive diseases, Intestinal disease, Colonic disease, Rectal disease, Genetic disease, Psychology, Ethics
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Cote : 97-0238757
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 11/06/1997.