Cancer Plan Minnesota 2025

Objective 3

Increase the use of genetic counseling and testing for hereditary breast, ovarian and colorectal cancers


3.1 Conduct targeted outreach and education to segments of the population at elevated risk for hereditary breast, ovarian and colorectal cancer

3.2 Identify and increase referral of women diagnosed with breast cancer under age 45; triple negative breast cancer under age 60; or a family history of these cancers

3.3 Identify and refer all women with ovarian cancer or a family history of ovarian cancer

3.4 Promote universal Lynch syndrome screening for all new diagnoses of colon and uterine cancer through tumor or direct gene testing

3.5 Advocate for policies that reduce insurance barriers to genetic counseling and testing


Originally presented at Cancer Summit Minnesota 2017, this “Spotlight” presentation is intended to be a fast-paced introduction to this objective.


At Cancer Summit Minnesota 2017 small groups discussed the strategies corresponding with this objective. Below are their compiled notes:

No groups were formed to discuss strategies 3.4 and 3.5 at the Summit. If you would like to work on one of these strategies please email

At the Summit attendees were also asked to make specific pledges to strategies to help move the work forward. Find the list of who committed to objective 3 strategies here (scroll down to view all the corresponding strategies).


Detection workgroup page.


Coming Soon!


Measure: Percent of women with breast cancer age 45 or younger who are referred for genetic counseling
Data Source: TBD (Potential use of MN All Payer Claims Database)
Baseline: TBD Target: 25% increase