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Table 1 Risk perception compared to anyone in general population

From: Risk perception after genetic counseling in patients with increased risk of cancer

  Before Counseling % After Counseling % 1 year after Surveillance program % 1 year after No surveillance program %
Population n = 23 n = 22 n = 11 n = 11
   Much higher (=5) 17.4% 13.6% - -
   Higher (=4) 78.3% 31.8% 18.2% 63.6%
   Equal (=3) 4.3% 54.6% 36.4% 27.3%
   Less (=2) - - 45.4% -
   Much less (=1) - - - 9.1%
Mean value at scale 1-5 (SD) 4.13 (0.33) 4.08 (0.66) 2.8 (0.64) 3.4 (0.72)
Low n = 51 n = 47 n = 37 n = 39
   Much higher (=5) 21.6% 17% 5.5% 12.8%
   Higher (=4) 64.7% 70.2% 40.5% 76.9%
   Equal (=3) 13.7% 12.8% 27% 7.7%
   Less (=2) - - 27% 2.6%
   Much less (=1) - - - -
Mean value at scale 1-5 (SD) 4.1 (0.41) 4.05 (0.35) 3.22 (0.85) 4.00 (0.27)
Moderate n = 41 n = 38 n = 35 n = 35
   Much higher (=5) 26.8% 34.3% 2.9% 31.4%
   Higher (=4) 63.4% 60.5% 45.7% 62.9%
   Equal (=3) 7.3% 2.6% 20% 5.7%
   Less (=2) 2.5% - 25.7% -
   Much less (=1) - 2.6% 5.7% -
Mean value at scale 1-5 (SD) 4.15 (0.49) 4.23 (0.56) 3.17 (0.9) 4.27 (0.44)
High n = 5 n = 5 n = 5 n = 5
   Much higher (=5) 60% 11.1% - 60%
   Higher (=4) 40% 66.7% 40% 20%
   Equal (=3) - 22.2% 20% 20%
   Less (=2) - - 40%% -
   Much less (=1) - - - -
Mean value at scale 1-5 (SD) 4.6 (0.48) 4.17 (0.28) 3.00 (0.8) 4.4 (0.72)
  1. Risk for developing cancer compared to risk for anyone in general population in different risk groups on a scale from "much higher" to "much less" assessed by unaffected participants. The values are the proportion of patients in each risk category, according to perceived risk compared to the risk for anyone in the general population.