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Genetics Resources for ScreenWise Providers

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ScreenWise Provider Genetic Resources (December 2018)


  • A decision tree for referrals
  • Background on genetic screening
  • Services covered by ScreenWise
  • A list of cancer genetic clinics that can see ScreenWise patients

Cancer Family Health History Worksheet - Collection sheet to use with clients

About ScreenWise Genetics

The ScreenWise Genetics program works to promote the health, well-being and quality of life of Oregonians using up-to-date knowledge of genomics through public health surveillance, policy development and education.

Program Goals

  • Reduce morbidity and mortality from genetic conditions
  • Educate the public, health care providers, health insurers, and public health professionals about how genomics influences health so they can make informed decisions about the use of genomics in health care
  • Promote a supportive policy environment for genomics and health
  • Increase Oregon Public Health's genomics capacity

Information for Clients

Genetic Services in Oregon

What Are Genetic Services?

Paying for Cancer Genetic Services

What Your Genes Say About You

Our genes play an important role in our overall health. Nine out of the top 10 causes of death for Oregonians have genetic components. Our chance of developing conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer can be increased by having a family health history of the condition.

Family health history reflects the effects of genetic and environmental risk factors shared within families. Luckily, by understanding our personal risk factors, we can take specific action to reduce our risk, such as having screenings early and/or more often, making lifestyle changes, continuing healthy behavior, and taking appropriate medications.

By studying the relationship between our genes, the environment, and our behaviors, researchers and clinicians can learn why some people get sick, while others do not. This better understanding of genetic and family history information can help identify and evaluate screening and other interventions that can improve health and prevent disease.

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