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Cancer Genetics Risk Assessment and Counseling (PDQ®)

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Last Modified: 07/09/2014

Changes to This Summary (07/09/2014)

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Cancer Risk Assessment and Counseling

Added National Comprehensive Cancer Network as reference 8.

Components of the Risk Assessment Process

Revised list of documentation typically needed for a cancer family history to include information from a mininum of first- and second-degree relatives on both the maternal and paternal sides of the family (cited Lu et al. as reference 34).

Revised list of clues that raise the suspicion of a hereditary cancer syndrome to include the presence of specific tumor types associated with germline mutations in cancer susceptibility genes, regardless of family history.

Revised text to state that clinical characteristics associated with distinctive risk ranges for multiple cancer genetic syndromes are summarized in the second edition of the Concise Handbook of Familial Cancer Susceptibility Syndromes.

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