Inherited Cancer Knowledge Among Black Females with Breast Cancer Before and After Viewing a Web-Based Educational Video

Genet Test Mol Biomarkers. 2023 Jan;27(1):1-4. doi: 10.1089/gtmb.2022.0160.


Purpose: Scalable solutions are needed to make pre-test genetic education about inherited cancer risk accessible across diverse and underserved populations. We evaluated an automated strategy to deliver genetic education through a web-based video among young Black females with breast cancer. Methods: 96 participants were recruited through state cancer registries in Florida and Tennesee. All participants viewed a 12 min video and completed a ten question quiz on inherited cancer knowledge before and after viewing the video. Median pre- and postvideo knowledge scores were categorized as <60% versus ≥60% and compared across demographic and clinical characteristics using binary logistic regression. Results: Of the 96 participants, mean age was 51, over 50% had income <$50 K, over 40% did not graduate college or have private insurance, and over 70% had previous genetic testing. Median knowledge scores significantly increased after viewing the video (p < 001), with no significant differences in those with or without prior testing. A higher post-video knowledge score was associated with an income ≥$50 K, a college degree, and private insurance (all p < .05). Conclusion: Among a population of young Black breast cancer patients, the educational video significantly increased knowledge. Findings support the use of automated pre-test educational tools as a scalable solution to make these services more accessible across populations.

Keywords: breast neoplasms; education; genetic counseling; genetics.

MeSH terms

  • Black People
  • Breast Neoplasms* / epidemiology
  • Breast Neoplasms* / genetics
  • Female
  • Florida
  • Genetic Testing
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Middle Aged