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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.

    Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 1 pm EDT

    Presented by: Lisa Richardson, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC ["Public Health Genomics and Cancer: Family History and Burden"]; Debra Duquette, MS, CGC, Genomics Coordinator, Program Manager, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services ["A State Health Department Approach to Cancer Genomics Surveillance, Education, and Policy"]; Lindsay Avner, Founder, CEO, Bright Pink ["Raising Awareness about Understanding Family Risk for Cancer"]; Muin Khoury, MD, PhD, Director, Office of Public Health Genomics, Division of Public Health Information Dissemination, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services, Office of Public Health Scientific Services, CDC ["The Role of Genomics in Public Health"].

    Facilitated by: John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds; Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds; Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Director, Public Health Grand Rounds.

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