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Family Medical History for Cancer Not Always Accurate

Posted on May 25, 2011

May 24, 2011 - One of the ways that doctors can determine an individual's risk for cancer is to get a family medical history. However, according to the Doctor's Lounge, there are new findings that family medical history for cancer is not always accurate.

Many individuals try to rely on memory or what they have been told by other family members, with regard to those who have had cancer. A survey of approximately 1,000 people showed that accuracy wasn't always spot on.

After asking those in the study about their family history of cancer, researchers then used death certificates, medical records and other sources to confirm what they had reported. 

The accuracy for reporting a family history of cancer was as follows: 

  • 61% accurate on history of breast cancer;
  • 60% accurate on history of lung cancer;
  • 27% accurate on history of colorectal cancer; and
  • 32% accurate on history of prostate cancer.  

As was expected, most of the accurate reporting was with 1st degree relatives, in comparison to 2nd degree relatives.

The accurate reporting of a family's cancer history is very important. Researchers see a need for improvement in this area.

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