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FRIDAY HEALTH FACT: Know Your Family Health History

Friday, March 25, 2022

12:00 am - 12:00 am

Why is family health history important for my health?

 

Most people have a family health history of at least one chronic disease, such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. If you have a close family member with a chronic disease, you may be more likely to develop that disease yourself, especially if more than one close relative has (or had) the disease or a family member got the disease at a younger age than usual.

Collect your family health history information before visiting the doctor, and take it with you. Even if you don’t know all of your family health history information, share what you do know. Family health history information, even if incomplete, can help your doctor decide which screening tests you need and when those tests should start.

 

Source:  Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

Family Health History