Creating a Family Health History

Frequently Asked Questions

2. Why is a family health history helpful?

A family health history can help you and your family members be healthier. The history shows if you, your children, or your grandchildren might be at risk for developing serious health problems. Also, a health care professional can use the history to help assess a person's risk of diseases that run in the family. A professional might recommend actions to lower the chance of getting those diseases.

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