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    Cancer Genetics Risk Assessment and Counseling (PDQ®): Genetics - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Changes to This Summary (09 / 30 / 2014)

    The PDQ cancer information summaries are reviewed regularly and updated as new information becomes available. This section describes the latest changes made to this summary as of the date above.

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    Revised text to state that with the exception of genetic specialists, the following deficits in genetics and genomics among health professionals have been identified: (1) knowledge about hereditary cancer syndromes and risk-appropriate management strategies; (2) provision of genetic counseling services; (3) documentation and use of personal and family cancer history to identify and refer patients at increased risk of hereditary cancer syndromes (cited Wood et al. as reference 38); and (4) knowledge about genetic nondiscrimination laws.

    This summary is written and maintained by the PDQ Cancer Genetics Editorial Board, which is editorially independent of NCI. The summary reflects an independent review of the literature and does not represent a policy statement of NCI or NIH. More information about summary policies and the role of the PDQ Editorial Boards in maintaining the PDQ summaries can be found on the About This PDQ Summary and PDQ NCI's Comprehensive Cancer Database pages.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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