Cancer Genomics 

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Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer is a condition which can cause an increased risk of breast, ovarian, pancreatic, and prostate cancer in an affected person. Lynch syndrome is a condition which can cause an increased risk of colorectal, endometrial, ovarian, gastric, small bowel, and other cancers.

To learn more about  these hereditary cancer types, and to find all of Michigan’s hereditary cancer resources/order some for yourself, follow this link:


To increase the collection/discussion of cancer family history and promote appropriate utilization of cancer genetic counseling and genetic testing for cancers related to Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome (HBOC) and Lynch syndrome (LS).

Assist with promoting effective clinical models within their 14-county region, disseminating (Michigan Department of Health and Human Services) MDHHS resources to providers, promoting educational events to target populations within the region, and fostering relationships between MDHHS and providers/hospitals.

Educate the public on significant family history as a risk for cancer; educating providers about family history screening and referring patients to cancer genetic services; and developing partnerships to facilitate policy and systems changes that increase access to and use of cancer genetic services.


Under a three-year cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MDHHS aims to implement projects and activities focusing on community/provider education, patient/provider resources, surveillance and policy/systems change initiatives related to Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) and Lynch syndrome (LS).  The primary goals are to increase screening of cancer family history and to increase the use of genetic counseling and testing for hereditary cancer syndromes. 


  • Increase the number of providers who are aware of and use cancer family history screening and make appropriate referrals for HBOC and Lynch syndrome
  • Assess referral patterns 
  • Identify areas for change 


  • The Cancer Genomics Hotline (1-866-852-1247) is available for both providers and patients as a free resource if they have questions about hereditary cancer. You will have the opportunity to speak with a certified genetic counselor.
  • Guide to Hereditary Cancer Indications for Referral ( This easy-to-use tool was developed to help clinicians identify patients who would benefit from risk evaluation, genetic counseling and possible genetic testing for hereditary cancer syndromes.
  • FREE CME module: “Hereditary Cancer Syndromes: Are Your Patients at Risk?” ( This activity, developed with the Jackson Laboratory, is designed to meet the educational needs of practicing clinicians who work with cancer patients.”