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Your Family Health History

Through developments in technology we now know more than ever about particular health conditions that can be passed on to biological (blood) family members and in some cases how to predict, prevent and treat these conditions.





What is a Family Health History?

Knowing your family health history is about documenting and understanding the illnesses that have affected previous generations e.g. knowing if your grandmother had breast cancer or if your dad's brother had heart disease. By knowing this valuable information you can understand some of the health conditions that you might be at an increased risk of developing, and in some cases, you might be able to take preventative measures to reduce your risk.

There are many health conditions that can be passed on by family members however, it is important to remember that lifestyle factors can also play a part in the chances of developing a condition e.g. smoking or an unhealthy diet.

When discussing your family health history with your relatives, you should think about some well-known conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, breast and ovarian cancer, bowel cancer and prostate cancer.

More Family Health History Information:

The Importance of taking and drawing a genetic family history: A Guide for Health Professionals

The importance of your family health history

Last updated: Nov 06, 2013