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Use this page as a handy resource for more information about disease, genetics, and family history, updated on a regular basis.

Diseases, Genetics, and Family History

boy holding blanket over his head Autism
Autism is one of a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).

three womenBreast and Ovarian Cancer
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. Ovarian cancer is less common.

Dad with kids on a hammock Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States.

African-American familyFamily Health History
Having a close family member with a chronic disease, such as cancer, coronary heart disease, or diabetes can increase your risk of developing that disease.

image of heart and objects in cubesHeart Disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death and a major cause of disability in the United States.

grandmother and sonHemochromatosis
Hemochromatosis is an iron storage disorder that can cause the body to absorb too much iron from foods and other sources, such as vitamins with iron.

teacher with students in classroomMental Health
Mental disorders are real, disabling health conditions that have an immense impact on individuals and families in the United States and internationally.

Obesity is a major health hazard worldwide and is associated with several relatively common diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and some cancers.

two people with hatsSkin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Most skin cancers are caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun.

elderly couple Stroke
Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a major cause of disability in the United States.


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