One out of two men and one out of three women will develop cancer during their lifetimes.
Among these individuals, 5-10% have a hereditary syndrome that can cause them to develop cancer at a much earlier age than typical and have increased risk of developing multiple cancers. There is a free, simple genetic “test” that can help you identify individuals who would benefit from increased cancer screening: family history. This program demonstrates and allows you to practice quick, easy approaches to collecting, recording, and assessing cancer family history information.
After completing this program, you will be able to:
- Collect sufficient family history information (Course 1)
- Analyze a detailed family history (Courses 2 & 3)
- Develop an appropriate evaluation plan based on personal and family history assessment (Course 4)
- Communicate with families in a patient-centered way about genetic information (Courses 1-4)
This program is case-based and addresses skills and knowledge about cancer family history risk assessment in four areas: collecting targeted family history information, recognizing red flags and inheritance patterns, assessing risk, and using family history information to manage patients. Each course takes approximately 15 minutes and includes the following:
- short demonstration video of a clinical interaction,
- practice cases,
- detailed information for additional learning, and
- point-of-care tools
Working through the videos and practice cases, you will practice identifying, assessing, and managing patients who are at different levels of cancer risk. The program also provides strategies for finding and collaborating with genetic experts, approaches to communicating risk, and tools to use in your practice.
Participants in this program can earn up to a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for each of the four available courses.
Participants have access to point of care tools to help integrate information and skills into practice. The tools include:
- Family history assessment
- Accessing genetic services
- Cancer screening factsheet
- Factsheets on hereditary cancer syndromes (Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome, lynch syndrome, and familial adenomatous polyposis)
- Inheritance patterns and recurrence risk
Why is family history important?
One out of two men and one out of three women will develop cancer during their lifetimes. Five to ten percent of those individuals have a hereditary cancer syndrome that can cause them to develop cancer at a much earlier age than typical and have increased risk of developing multiple cancers. There is a free, simple genetic "test" that can help you identify individuals who would benefit from increased cancer screening because of their underlying increased risk – family history. This program demonstrates and allows you to practice quick, easy approaches to collecting, recording, and assessing cancer family history information.
Who funded this program?
This program is jointly funded by the Maine Cancer Foundation and The Jackson Laboratory Director's Innovation Fund.
Who wrote and reviewed the content?
The program's content was developed by The Jackson Laboratory Clinical and Continuing Education Program staff. The following individuals reviewed the site content:
- Abdullah Elias, MD - Shodair Children's Hospital, Department of Medical Genetics
- Greg Feero, MD PhD - Maine General Medical Center; Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency program
- Susan Miesfeldt, MD - Maine Medical Center; Cancer Risk and Prevention Program
- Robin Schwartz, MS, CGC – University of Connecticut Health System
Who developed the video and who are the actors?
The videos were shot and edited by The Jackson Laboratory Multimedia Services with consultation from David Fuller of Airstream Pictures. The script was written by The Jackson Laboratory Clinical and Continuing Education Program staff and reviewed internally and externally. The video cast included:
- Doctor: Carl Karush
- Patient (Kelly): Nicole Cardano
- Genetic counselor: Meg Haskell
How much does the course cost?
The course is free for participants, but does require a short registration process.
I'm a nurse; can I get continuing education credits?
After successful completion of the quiz at the end of each course, any participant can print out the certificate indicating the number of credit hours. You may submit this certificate to your professional organization to obtain credits per the organization policy.
Who is this
This activity was developed for primary care physicians, advance practice nurses, and physician assistants working with patients with a family history of cancer.