Genomics and Health

Genomics and family health history play a role in many diseases such as cancer and heart disease. These diseases are partly the result of how your genes interact with your behaviors, such as your diet and physical activity, and your environment. If you have a family health history of a disease, you are more likely to get that disease yourself, but you can take steps to prevent disease or find it early. The following information pages relate to common diseases and other health related topics developed by our office and other CDC programs.  For more information on genomics and diseases, search our Public Health Genomics Knowledge Base for continuously updated genomic information on specific diseases.

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Breast & Ovarian Cancer

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Colorectal Cancer

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Heart Disease

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Hereditary Hemochromatosis

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Precision Health

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Real Stories

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Down Syndrome

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Fragile X Syndrome
Fragile X Syndrome

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Muscular Dystrophy

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Newborn Screening

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Sickle Cell Disease

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von Willebrand Disease

Page last reviewed: November 1, 2018