Genetics & Family History
In 2001 we conducted the Family History Validation
Study, a telephone survey of 1,380 Connecticut residents, which assessed
self-reported information about family history of cancer. The study also
explored demographic, psychosocial, and medical factors associated with such
The project has resulted in a publication on the nature of reports
provided by survey respondents about the cancer history of other family
Wideroff L, Garceau AO, Greene MH, Dunn M, McNeel T, Mai P, Willis G, Gonsalves L, Martin M, Graubard BI.
Coherence and Completeness of Population-based Family Cancer Reports.
Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2010 Feb 16.
A second manuscript has also been published, concerning the validity (sensitivity and
specificity) of reports of family cancer history.
Mai PL, Garceau AO, Graubard BI, Dunn M, McNeel TS, Gonsalves L, Gail MH, Greene MH, Willis GB, Wideroff L.
Confirmation of family cancer history reported in a population-based survey.
J Natl Cancer Inst 2011 May 18;103(10):788-97.