|Awarded On||November 19, 2015|
|Title||GRACIAS Texas: Genetic Risk Assessment for Cancer in All South Texas|
|Award Mechanism||Competitive Continuation/Expansion - Evidence-Based Cancer Prevention Services|
|Institution/Organization||The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio|
|Principal Investigator/Program Director||G. E. Tomlinson|
|Cancer Sites||Breast, Colorectal, Ovary|
It has been well recognized for many decades that a family history of cancer increases one’s risk of cancer. In the 1990’s it became clear that in many families with multiple members with breast or colon cancer, risk could be defined by the presence of an inherited mutation in a cancer predisposition gene. The subsequent development of a large body of knowledge in the area of cancer risk reduction has provided much evidence-based rationale for identifying affected individuals carrying mutations in these genes.
Texas has over 100 genetic counselors, 30% of which provide cancer genetic counseling. None, however, are in Texas in regions south of San Antonio. Our CPRIT prevention initiativ...