Program Highlights

U.S. map with Michigan, Oregon, Utah, and Washington highlighted.

CDC’s Cancer Genomics Program is funding health departments in Michigan, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

The awardees in CDC’s Cancer Genomics Program have found innovative ways to increase use of clinical services like genetic counseling, genetic testing, and cancer screening for people at high risk.


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Cancer Genomics Program is using surveys to find out how easy or hard it is for patients to get genetic services, how many people are aware that they have a higher cancer risk because of their family health history and have discussed it with a doctor, how often doctors discuss family history of cancer, availability of genetic services in rural areas, and if everyone who has colorectal cancer is being screened for Lynch syndrome.


The Oregon Health Authority’s ScreenWise Program works with the state’s breast and cervical cancer early detection program to educate the public and providers about the importance of knowing their family health history. They have developed educational materials for multiple audiences using feedback collected from community-based organizations in their state.


The Utah Department of Health and Human Services will analyze new data fields added to the state’s cancer registry. The fields capture genetic testing of people at higher risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome. The program is also exploring the feasibility of sending Lynch syndrome tumor screening results from pathology laboratories to the cancer registry automatically.


The Washington State Department of Health’s Screening and Genetic Unit has developed multiple resources to promote cascade screening of relatives. They have developed web content and videos explaining cascade screening to the public and are offering a special telephone hotline to increase cancer genetic testing among high risk families.