Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in Michigan. Cancer can be Sporadic or Hereditary. Sporadic cancer is a random event that happens by chance and accounts for most cases of cancer. Hereditary cancer runs in families and is caused by specific changes (mutations) in a person’s genes. About 10% of cancers are thought to have a hereditary cause. With proper screening, some cancers can be treated more successfully or completely prevented. Family history is the single strongest risk factor for cancer. View the resources below to find out more about inherited cancer risk or cancer genomics in the state of Michigan.

Highlighted Resources

Cascade Genetic Testing in Families with Lynch Syndrome

PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Elena Stoffel during a webinar hosted by Michigan Cancer Genetics Alliance (MCGA) and MDHHS on January 26, 2016.

Informed Consent for Genetic Testing

The Informed Consent for Genetic Testing booklet was created to provide patient education about genetic testing so the most informed decision can be made about submitting a sample for testing.

MDHHS Cancer Family History Guide

This Cancer Family History Guide gives healthcare professionals an easy, helpful way to determine if a patient needs a referral for genetic counseling or increased screening for hereditary breast and ovarian cancers and Lynch syndrome.

MDHHS Cancer Genomics Program

Michigan's Cancer Genomics Program provides information about hereditary cancer syndromes, such as BRCA and Lynch Syndrome. Resources for patients, patient advocates, health care providers, and professionals are available.

Additional Resources

BRCAn’t Stop Me - Slide Presentation

Presentation by Mollie Smith, CEO and Founder of BRCAn't Stop Me, at the MCGA Annual Meeting, April 2016.

Breast Cancer Genetic Counseling and Testing Patient Education Online Module

Online patient tool with educational sections to help you learn about the genetics of breast cancer and genetic testing. It presents the benefits and risks of getting tested for breast cancer risk in six educational modules developed by expert health care professionals in the field of genetic counseling.

Cancer Family History Guide Instruction Card

This instruction card describes the use of the MDCH Cancer Family History Guide guide which is designed to identify patients at increased risk for one of two hereditary cancer syndromes: Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer syndrome (HBOC) and Lynch syndrome.

Cancer Genomics Resources Order Form

Order these great informational MDCH cancer genomics resources including; family history fact cards, the cancer family history guide and informed consent booklet.

Cancer Genomics Terminology Fact Sheet

A list of common cancer genomics terminology and definitions

Cancer Plan for Michigan 2016-2020 - Ann Garvin

Cancer Plan for Michigan 2016-2020 - Presentation by Ann Garvin at the MCGA Annual Meeting, April 2016

Development of an iPhone App to Manage Surveillance in Women with a BRCA Mutation

Slides from a MCGA/MDHHS webinar presentation by Stephanie Cohen. May 3, 2016.

Family and Genetic Testing for Hereditary Cancer Syndromes Implications for Future

Guest PowerPoint presentation in August 2011 at the Michigan Cancer Genetics Alliance (MCGA) membership meeting.

Hereditary GI Cancers: Chemoprevention and Risk Assessment

PowerPoint presentation by guest speaker Dr. Elena Stoffel at the Michigan Cancer Genetics Alliance (MCGA) membership meeting in March 2015.

Implications of BRCA in Localized Prostate Cancer: 4 Key Questions (and Answers)

Slides from a webinar presented by Dr. Todd Morgan(University of Michigan) on September 26, 2017.

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