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Cancer risk assessment and communicating risk. Summary 

Cancer risk assessment and communicating risk. Summary
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Cancer risk assessment and communicating risk. Summary
Author(s):

Lorraine Robinson

and Patricia Webb

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199672844.003.0016
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date: 20 August 2019

Section 4 balances the fundamental tenets of risk assessment and risk communication practice with the particular issues and principles of risk assessment for designated cancers including the Manchester scoring system. Chapter 13 centres on the notion of risk, which presents one of the key challenges to health professionals when talking with patients and their families. Each encounter needs to consider not only risk calculation but also the importance of communicating risk in a sensitive, honest and understandable way. Subsequent chapters focus on adopting best practice guidelines in dealing with the risks of specific types of hereditary cancers. Summary points, guided activities and further resources are provided for each chapter.

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