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There are sites where you can research and record your family’s genealogy, such as Ancestors.com. But, did you know there is a site to record family medical history?
You can document your family’s medical history using the U.S. Surgeon General’s “My Family Health Portrait,” a free tool available at https://familyhistory.hhs.gov.
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Does It Run in the Family?
Genetics can contribute to the risk of many common diseases, including:
How to Get Started
A complete family health history should include three generations. Start by making a list of all your relatives. The most important people to include are immediate family: parents, siblings and children. Ask each family member the following questions and, if you like, record the information using the online tool:
Share your family health history with your doctor and your child’s doctor. A recent study indicated that three-fourths of doctors would find a computer-generated health history useful in caring for a patient.
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