Genetics & Family History
Molecular and biological risk factors that confer susceptibility to cancer
are an increasingly important area of research because of their potential impact in cancer control. These risk factors
include family history of cancer and the presence of�cancer susceptibility mutations and other genetic changes.
The Risk Factor Monitoring and Methods Branch
(RFMMB) supports surveillance studies to monitor these risk factors in the US and to assess
their impact on cancer incidence and progression. We also:
- define measures of risk and develop sound and cost-efficient methods to assess risk;
- examine the potential interaction between measures of susceptibility and environmental and lifestyle factors, such as tobacco use and diet; and
- track the diffusion of cancer genetics services in health care delivery.
Branch staff carry out this
research program by conducting independent surveys and collaborating
in state and national surveys, such as the genetics portions of the
National Health Interview Survey and the
California Health Interview
Survey. We also develop and provide public access to survey questionnaires
that may be useful for outside investigators who wish to compare state
and national estimates with estimates from their own local populations.