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. 2002 Jan;124(1):71-5.
doi: 10.1055/s-2002-20313.

[Psychooncological Aspects in the Care of Females in HNPCC Families]

[Article in German]

[Psychooncological Aspects in the Care of Females in HNPCC Families]

[Article in German]
Sybille Höwer et al. Zentralbl Gynakol. .


HNPCC families are characterized by a genetic predisposition for colorectal and other cancers. In Düsseldorf we pursue an interdisciplinary counselling approach (geneticists, psychologists and surgeons). Apart from the genetic counselling itself, special emphasis is placed on the benefits of surveillance and screening recommendations. In this pilot study we were interested in investigating if the counselled women had understood the increased risk of gynecological cancers and correspondingly underwent the intensified screening modalities. We selected the approach of a telefone interview and encountered broad acceptance for contacting persons this way. Affected women are better compliant to screening recommendations than women at risk. Both groups consider colonoscopy more strainful than gynecological surveillance. A regular transvaginal ultrasound is not performed in some 40 % of at risk women although 2/3 of them see their gynecologist in regular intervals. Given the support of gynecologists a higher rate of transvaginal ultrasound in women at risk should be achievable.

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