The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Committee Opinion #478: "Family History as a Risk Assessment Tool" All women should have a family health history on file, and it should be reviewed and updated regularly. The article lists common screening tools. Although many adult-onset health problems have complex genetic and environmental interactions, obtaining that information in a family history can help patients modify their diet, lose weight, or exercise, to improve their outcome or delay the onset of symptoms (March, 2011)
CDC Grand Rounds: Family History and Genomics as Tools for Cancer Prevention and Control. Addressed are two hereditary cancer syndromes: hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome and Lynch Syndrome.
Cancer Family History Guide: The Cancer Family History Guide is a hand-held risk assessment tool designed to identify patients at risks for two hereditary cancer syndromes: Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome and Lynch Syndrome. The Cancer Family History Guide is provided free of charge to Michigan healthcare providers.
Websites of Interest:
Michigan's Genetics Resource Center This website is intended to be a one-stop site for genetics information in Michigan. The Genetic Literacy Section provides links to publications, courses, and Web sites that help members of the public and health professionals make the best use of genetic information for preventing disease and improving health, as well as links to resources about family support services for individuals with genetic conditions or other special health needs
National Cancer Institute (NCI) — Cancer Genetics Network
The NCI sponsors the Cancer Genetics Network (CGN), a national network of centers specializing in the study of inherited predisposition to cancer. The resource is available to the research community at large to support studies on the genetic basis of human cancer susceptibility, the integration of this information into medical practice, and the behavioral, ethical, and public health issues associated with human genetics.
Cancer Topic Searches: Cancer Genetics – National Cancer Institute
Cancer Topic Searches are prepared literature searches of the National Library of Medicine's PubMed database. Literature citations on more than 100 different topics can be obtained. All citations on a specific topic can be retrieved, or the results can be limited by selecting one of three date ranges.
National Cancer Institute — Office of Cancer Genomics
The mission of the NCI’s Office of Cancer Genomics (OCG) is to enhance understanding of the molecular mechanisms of cancer, with the ultimate goal of improving the prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. This site offers information about the Office of Cancer Genomics and its programs, funding opportunities, resources, and recent news and events.
U.S. Surgeon General's My Family Health Portrait
This family health history tool helps consumers assemble and share family health history information, as well as, help practitioners to use health history information to provide informed and personalized care for patients.
Evaluation of Genomic Applications in Practice and Prevention (EGAPP)
The EGAPP Working Group was established in 2005 to support the development of a systematic process for assessing the available evidence regarding the validity and utility of rapidly emerging genetic tests for clinical practice. This independent, multidisciplinary panel prioritizes and selects tests, reviews Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-commissioned evidence reports and other contextual factors, highlights critical knowledge gaps, and provides guidance on appropriate use of genetic tests in specific clinical scenarios
Michigan Cancer Genetics Alliance (MCGA)
The MCGA is a collaborative network that provides leadership, education and advocacy in issues relating to cancer genetics in Michigan. The organization also promotes research and communication, serves as a resource for expert information, and facilitates translation of cancer genetics research into practice. The MCGA is open to healthcare professionals and members of professional health care organizations that have an interest in cancer genetics and the mission of the MCGA.