the Cancer Plan

The Cancer Plan

Genetics

Genetics research studies how individual genes or groups of genes are involved in health and disease. Understanding genetic factors and genetic disorders is important in learning more about promoting health and preventing disease. Some genetic changes have been associated with an increased risk of having a child with a birth defect or developmental disability or developing diseases such as cancer or heart disease. Genetics also can help us understand how medical conditions happen.

Objective

6.1

Increase genetic testing, access, and awareness in South Carolina (breast and ovarian).

6.1a

Establish and expand relationships with hospital systems and providers to inform genetic testing availability in the state.

6.1b

Increase opportunities with community partners to pilot an educational program for BRCA testing.

6.1c

Enhance providers' ability to identify and treat high-risk patients.

6.2

Improve provider’s ability to identify patients with genetic risk factors for cancers (breast and ovarian).

6.2a

Annually assess facilitators and barriers providers face in identifying high-risk patients.

6.2b

Based on facilitators and barriers identified, develop clinical tools providers can use to enhance their ability to identify high-risk patients.