Prepare for Personalized Medicine. Family Health History – An important first step in risk assessment for genetic diseases and other hereditary health conditions. Genetic Family History.
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FamilyHealth History –
An important first step in risk assessment for genetic diseases and other hereditary health conditions
“Health care professionals have known for a long time that common diseases (such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes), and even rare diseases (like hemophilia, cystic fibrosis, and sickle cell anemia) can run in families. If one generation of a family has high blood pressure, it is not unusual for the next generation to have similarly high blood pressure. Tracing the illnesses suffered by parents, grandparents, and other blood relatives can help predict the disorders to which your patient may be at risk and take action to keep your patient and family healthy.”
Family history is a risk factor for diseases throughout all stages of life
“Our age may be known to history as the age of genetic medicine, a time when many of the most feared illnesses were overcome.”
- President Bush April 10, 2002
“It is now conceivable that our children\'s children will know the term cancer only as a constellation of stars.”
- President Clinton
June 26, 2000