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 Programexternal icon 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 Programexternal icon works with the state’s breast and cervical cancer early detection program to educate the public about the importance of knowing their family health history. The campaign is sensitive to residents’ cultural and linguistic preferences, and partners with many local and regional organizations.


The Utah Department of Health’s Cancer Control Programexternal icon 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 Unitexternal icon is promoting an app that makes it easier for family members to share the results of genetic testing. It also is collecting data from doctors to find out how they could serve patients better and are offering a special telephone hotline to increase cancer genetic testing among high risk families.

Page last reviewed: September 22, 2021