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DPH Partners with Jackson Lab on Prevention and Training Initiative- Hereditary Cancers

 Initiative includes free training for health care providers through Jackson Lab


HartfordThe state Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced that it is launching a prevention and training initiative in partnership with The Jackson Lab (JAX) focused on hereditary cancers including breast, cervical, ovarian and colorectal cancers.  With grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), DPH will conduct a public education campaign about the importance of knowing and sharing family health history and potential cancer risk factors, while JAX will offer free, online training for health care providers on family cancer risk assessments.


 “Family history is an important element of a comprehensive cancer risk assessment,” says DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino. “We hope that by promoting awareness of family cancer risks and training providers, we will encourage early testing and detection, ultimately saving lives.”


The JAX free training Genetic Risk Assessment for Cancer Education (GRACE) consists of a series of eleven, 15-minute modules designed to help health care providers personalize cancer risk assessment for their patients. Early screening is recommended for patients with a family history of breast, ovarian, and colorectal cancer. The online modules provide a convenient way for healthcare providers to gain up to 2.75 hours of free CME/CNE credits.


Providers may access the training here: GRACE by JAX (Genetic Risk Assessment for Cancer Education)

For more information about hereditary cancer visit the DPH website: