Vickie L. Venne

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The etiology of familial breast cancer is complex and involves genetic and environmental factors such as hormonal and lifestyle factors. Understanding familial aggregation is a key to understanding the causes of breast cancer and to facilitating the development of effective prevention and therapy. To address urgent research questions and to expedite the(More)
Mutations in the BRCA1 gene are associated with an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer in carrier women. An understanding of behavioral responses to BRCA1 mutation testing by mutation carriers and non-carriers is important to guide the clinical application of this new technology. This study examined the utilization of genetic testing for a BRCA1(More)
PURPOSE Previous studies of mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 have used detection methods that may underestimate the actual frequency of mutations and have analyzed women using heterogeneous criteria for risk of hereditary cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS A total of 238 women with breast cancer before age 50 or ovarian cancer at any age and at least one first- or(More)
The educational and counseling models are often touted as the two primary professional approaches to genetic counseling practice. Yet, research has not been conducted to examine how these approaches are used in practice. In the present study, we conducted quantitative communication analyses of BRCA1 genetic counseling sessions. We measured communication(More)
OBJECTIVES Although enhanced colorectal surveillance is recommended for members of familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) families, little is known about individual-level adherence behavior. This study examined factors associated with recent use of colorectal cancer (CRC) surveillance among FAP patients and their at-risk relatives. METHODS This(More)
Advances in molecular biology and genetics have led to the identification of the breast/ovarian cancer susceptibility genes BRCA1 and BRCA2, along with tests to detect mutations in these genes. Although the appropriateness of BRCA1/2 genetic testing for children has been debated in the literature, little is known about the attitudes of individuals who have(More)
This study was designed to determine the significance of a single intronic base change (IVS5-12 G-->A) found in a family with a history of breast cancer. This change is predicted to form a cryptic splice site resulting in the addition of 11 nucleotides to the BRCA1 transcript. The BRCA1 gene of the relatives and control individuals was sequenced and(More)
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth most common cancer in both men and women in the United States. It has the lowest survival rate of all cancers, largely due to the presence of non-specific symptoms, leading to diagnosis at advanced stages. While the majority of cases of pancreatic cancer are sporadic, up to 10% may be associated with an inherited(More)
INTRODUCTION Deaf American Sign Language-users (ASL) have limited access to cancer genetics information they can readily understand, increasing risk for health disparities. We compared effectiveness of online cancer genetics information presented using a bilingual approach (ASL with English closed captioning) and a monolingual approach (English text). (More)