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Sunday, 5th September 2010

Views on Genetic Testing: An AARP Bulletin Survey

Views on Genetic Testing: An AARP Bulletin Survey
Source: AARP Research Center

A large majority of Americans have never been tested for their genetic makeup, according to a recent AARP Bulletin survey. Moreover, most would not consider undergoing genetic testing to find out if they are susceptible to a disease such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, or diabetes.

The top reasons why respondents have not had genetic testing include never having given it any thought (63%), the cost (32%), not wanting to know the results (21%), concerned someone else may get the results (20%), and being skeptical of science (12%).

Other key survey findings include:

  • Most individuals (66%) feel that only one self should see the results of genetic test. Those age 65 years and older (44%) were more likely to think family members should have access to their information than their younger age 50 to 64 counterparts (26%).
  • About half of the respondents would take better care of themselves (49%) and save more money (45%) if a genetic test showed they would live to be 100 years old.

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