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Studies validate use of family health history as gold standard in disease risk assessment
Date:11/5/2010

will be posted on the ASHG Web site about two to three hours after the event has ended (*see section in red below for more information about viewing the online webcast).

The featured speakers and research abstracts presented in this press briefing will include the following:

  • Charis Eng, MD, PhD "Comparison of Family Health History to Personal Genomic Screening: Which Method is More Effective for Risk Assessment of Breast, Colon, and Prostate Cancer?"

  • Nedal Arar, PhD "Veterans' Response to Their Use of the U.S. Surgeon General's Family Health History Online Tool"

  • Wendy Rubinstein, MD, PhD "Components of Family History Associated with Women's Disease Perceptions for Cancer: A Report from the Family HealthwareTM Impact Trial (FHITr)"

  • Maren Scheuner, MD, MPH "Family Health History Education to Improve Genetic Risk Assessment for Cancer"

Brief summaries of the major research findings reported in these four abstracts are included below:

Comparison of Family Health History to Personal Genomic Screening: Which Method is More Effective for Risk Assessment of Breast, Colon, and Prostate Cancer?

Family health history information is a useful and accurate tool for assessing an individual's risk of developing various diseases. Family health history charts known as pedigrees are also an important tool that is often used in genetic evaluation. While specific personal genetic screening tests may be useful in some situations, research on family history data shows that family health history information may be a more useful initial disease risk assessment tool.

A group of researchers led by Charis Eng, MD, PhD, Chair and Founding Director of the Genomic Medicine Institute (GMI) of the Cleveland Clinic, and Founding Director and Attending Clinical Cancer Geneticist of GMI's Center for Personalized Genetic Healthcare, investigated the concordance and relevance between f
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Contact: Kristen Long
klong@ashg.org
301-634-7346
American Society of Human Genetics
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