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Cancer and Family History: Using Genomics for Prevention

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The risk factors for cancer are many and varied, and inherited genetic mutations play a major role in 5 to 10% of all cancers. When these mutations are identified early, patients are able to work with their healthcare providers to take crucial steps toward care and treatment. Many of those affected by genetic cancer syndromes don’t know that genetic testing is an option. Both patients and healthcare providers need the resources and education to know when genetic testing is necessary, based on family history and other risk factors.

Cancer genomics programs, including those at CDC, in state and local health departments, and in national organizations, are working together to conduct surveillance and educate the public and healthcare providers about diagnosis and treatment of hereditary cancer syndromes. These programs also aim to assess and reduce barriers to care, ensuring that all those who should receive genetic counseling and testing have access to the appropriate providers.

In this session of Public Health Grand Rounds, you will hear how public health agencies and organizations are evolving in the face of the rapidly growing field of genomics. You will also hear how one woman’s personal experience with a hereditary cancer syndrome led her to become an advocate for patient and provider education.

Beyond the Data

In this session of Beyond the Data, Dr. John Iskander and Dr. Lisa Richardson discuss how establishing a patient’s family history can help healthcare providers identify genetic mutations that may lead to cancer. Tune in to hear how public health is using education and surveillance to improve identification and treatment of hereditary cancer.

Presented By
Lisa Richardson, MD, MPH
Director, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC
Debra Duquette, MS, CGC
Genomics Coordinator and Program Manager
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Lindsay Avner, BA
Founder and CEO
Bright Pink
Muin J. Khoury, MD, PhD
Director, Office of Public Health Genomics,
Division of Public Health Information Dissemination

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services, CDC
Facilitated By
John Iskander, MD, MPH
Scientific Director
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH
Deputy Scientific Director
Susan Laird, MSN, RN
Communications Director
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Continuing Education
This session is available for Continuing Education (CE).

CDC Course Code: PHGR10
CPE UAN: 0387-0000-16-004-H04-P

For more information, see Grand Rounds Continuing Education.

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