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Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2015-2020

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The WI CCC Plan provides a common vision for health system leaders, advocates, policy makers, and researchers working to reduce the burden of cancer in Wisconsin. Choose a Priority below to view strategies, action steps, and resources to help support your work.

Priority 8: Increase access to cancer genetic risk assessment and counseling

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Click on one of the strategies below to find action steps for the selected strategy that you can use to implement the WI CCC Plan 2015-2020.

Strategies

Action Steps

  • Partner with health professional organizations to educate their members on the benefits of cancer genetic risk assessment and counseling.
  • Develop patient and provider reminder systems for cancer genetic risk assessment and counseling.
  • Create a public awareness campaign on the importance of cancer genetic risk assessment and counseling.
  • Provide culturally appropriate cancer genetic risk assessment materials to providers and patients.

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  • Utilize health professionals to conduct initial cancer risk assessments and refer patients to a qualified cancer genetic counselor when appropriate.
  • Promote the benefits of having qualified cancer genetic counselors on staff to health care systems.
  • Integrate genetic counseling into the patient care teams at oncology clinics.
  • Promote state licensure for genetic counselors.
  • Develop more graduate programs in Wisconsin to train qualified cancer genetic counselors.

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  • Assess gaps in health insurance coverage and identify policy opportunities to address those gaps.
  • Educate policymakers on the benefits of cancer genetic risk assessments and counseling.
  • Advocate to insurance companies about the benefits and cost saving potential of cancer genetic risk assessments and counseling.
  • Encourage Medicare and Medicaid to recognize cancer genetic counselors as providers.

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