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Hereditary Cancer Awareness Project

Basis for the Project

Approximately 3% of colon cancers and 10% of breast and ovarian cancers diagnosed in the U.S. are attributed to Lynch syndrome (LS) and hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome (HBOC), respectively. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Office of Public Health Genomics, detection of HBOC and LS and intervention following evidence-based guidelines, like the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN) guidelines, has the potential to reduce both morbidity and mortality. However, these desired outcomes hinge on physicians steering the appropriate patients to cancer genetic services, which depends on factors like physicians’ familiarity with genetics and risk assessment.


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