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Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tip: Know Your Family History

Know your family history

Thanksgiving Day is National Family History Day. Take a few minutes to know your family health history. A family health history helps to identify if you, or other family members, may be at a higher risk for certain diseases or conditions. It reflects risk factors that family members share, like genes, environment, and lifestyle. A useful family health history shows three generations of your biological relatives, the age at diagnosis, and the age and cause of death of deceased family members. Family health history is a useful tool for understanding health risks and preventing disease in individuals and their close relatives. Start a family health portrait today.

  • Update your family health portrait as you learn about family members’ diseases and conditions.
  • Share your family health portrait with other family members. Encourage them to create one also.

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