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Table 4 Risk perception as measured in the BRISC study

From: Design of the BRISC study: a multicentre controlled clinical trial to optimize the communication of breast cancer risks in genetic counselling

Risk perception Numerical scales Verbal scales Graphical scales
  X out of 100 % Rating scalea Graphical displayb VAS scale
Population risk      
Lifetime breast cancer risk in the general population X X Very small – very large X X
Risks among carriers      
Lifetime breast cancer risk in carriers X X Very small – very large X X
Risk passing a BRCA1/BRCA2 mutation to children X X Very small – very large   
Participant's risks      
Perceived risk of having a hereditary predisposition to breast cancer X X Very small – very large Easy to imagine – hard to imagine   
Perceived lifetime breast cancer risk X X Very small – very large   
    Easy to imagine – hard to imagine   
    Very unlikely – very likely   
Perceived age-related breast cancer risk (next ten years) X X Very small – very large Easy to imagine – hard to imagine   
    Very unlikely – very likely   
Appraisal of perceived breast cancer risk, independent of actual risk    Very small – very large Very unfearful – very fearful   
    Not worrisome at all – very worrisome   
Perceived breast cancer risk compared to the average Dutch Woman    Very strongly lowered – very strongly heightened   
Risks among women with the same family history and age      
Lifetime breast cancer risk in women with the same family history and age X    X X
Age-related breast cancer risk in women with the same family history and age (next ten years) X    X X
  1. a.Rating scales from (1) – (7) except for: Very strongly lowered (1) – very strongly heightened (9).
  2. b.Figure of 100 women.