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Cancer Genetics Risk Assessment and Counseling (PDQ®)

Health Professional Version
Last Modified: 09/30/2014

Changes to This Summary (09/30/2014)

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Cancer Risk Assessment and Counseling

Revised text to state that with the exception of genetic specialists, the following deficits in genetics and genomics among health professionals have been identified: (1) knowledge about hereditary cancer syndromes and risk-appropriate management strategies; (2) provision of genetic counseling services; (3) documentation and use of personal and family cancer history to identify and refer patients at increased risk of hereditary cancer syndromes (cited Wood et al. as reference 38); and (4) knowledge about genetic nondiscrimination laws.

This summary is written and maintained by the PDQ Cancer Genetics Editorial Board, which is editorially independent of NCI. The summary reflects an independent review of the literature and does not represent a policy statement of NCI or NIH. More information about summary policies and the role of the PDQ Editorial Boards in maintaining the PDQ summaries can be found on the About This PDQ Summary and PDQ NCI's Comprehensive Cancer Database pages.