10 Steps to Figure Out Your Family's Medical History

Here’s what you need to know about gathering your family’s medical history.

10 Steps to Figure Out Your Family's Medical History

You might know a lot about your health, but how much do you really know about the health of your parents or grandparents? Knowing key parts of your family history when it comes to health can help doctors identify diseases you might be at risk for so they can start screening you at the right time. Doing so might just save your life. Here are the 10 steps you need to go through to put together your medical family history.

Research Your Parents

Find out what health conditions your parents have, when they were diagnosed and how bad the condition is. Since you might not know this information already, set up a time to talk to them about it and make sure you have everything right. If either or both of your parents have passed away, note how old they were when they died. Also note what they died of to the best of your knowledge. Again, the more precise you can be, the better. Saying they died from “breast cancer” is more helpful than just saying “cancer.”

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