Creating a Family Health History

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a family health history?
  2. Why is a family health history helpful?
  3. Will my children develop a disease if I have it?
  4. What is a heritable disease?
  5. What are some common health problems that run in families?
  6. Can lifestyle and environmental factors cause disease?
  7. Can I prevent a disease that runs in the family?
  8. My father died of a heart attack at age 45. What does that mean for me?
  9. Which relatives should I talk to for a family health history?
  10. What questions should I ask relatives about their health?
  11. How should I approach family members to collect the information?
  12. Are there any tools I can use to help me create my family health history?
  13. How can I get health information about family members who have died?
  14. What if a family member is adopted?
  15. Does my ancestry influence my chance of getting certain diseases?
  16. With whom should I share my family health history?
  17. What is a genetic test?
  18. What can a genetic test tell you?
  19. What will you NOT learn from a genetic test?
  20. What are the benefits of genetic tests?
  21. What are drawbacks of genetic tests?
  22. How do I know if I should get a genetic test?

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