First-degree relatives of cancer patients: a target group for primary prevention? A cross-sectional study

First-degree relatives of cancer patients: a target group for primary prevention? A cross-sectional study

Our study provides several insights into risk factor profiles, risk perception and motivation to change an unhealthy lifestyle in well-defined subgroups of persons with an FDR with cancer and persons without such a family history. Our findings showed that perceiving an increased cancer risk (i) was considerably more common among persons with vs. without an FDR with cancer (18–30 vs. 4%), which held true for all cancer diagnoses studied and (ii) coincides with a significantly higher motivation to change an unhealthy lifestyle. Combining both findings suggests that targeted preventive measures for persons with an FDR with cancer might be particularly...

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