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Bring the Conversation to the Table: Understand Your Family Health History

As family travels from near and far to be together during the holiday season, it’s an opportune time for you to not only cherish the time with your loved ones, but also gain a deeper understanding of your family’s health history. Take the time to have important conversations about family health history. Discussing your family’s health background doesn’t have to overshadow the festive atmosphere, however, it can be a valuable way to understand potential health issues that may be hereditary, allowing you to proactively address them with your healthcare provider.

Understanding your family’s health history is crucial for everyone. It empowers you to develop a strategy for managing any potential health concerns. For instance, a family history of breast cancer can be associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer. Certain genetic mutations that elevate the risk of breast cancer also raise the likelihood of prostate cancer in men. Therefore, if you discover a family member has had breast cancer, it’s important to discuss your own cancer risk with your doctor.

This holiday season, take a moment to engage in discussions with your family about the significance of understanding your health history. The more you comprehend potential health impacts, the better equipped you and your doctor are to address them early on, allowing you to continue relishing those special holiday moments.