"Just one more thing" Do you know your Family Health History?
A little detective work can go far to uncover clues about how the health of your family members shapes your personal health today and into the future. A Family Health History is a record of the conditions and diseases that have affected first- and second-degree relatives on both sides of your family. While it can’t predict your future health, sharing this important information with your doctor can provide insights, help identify patterns in your family, and better understand potential risks (higher AND lower) for diseases that may run in your family. This could
include cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. In most cases, early diagnosis & treatment = better health outcome. Every family is different. Knowing as much as possible about its health history empowers you and your entire family to take action to reduce personal risk – including doctor-recommended screening tests, potential genetic testing, and making healthy lifestyle changes.
Remember all you need to know you learned in Kindergarten (or earlier) so reflect on those tried and true early health tips like:
Wash your hands with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds (who can come up with a new song?). If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Keep your hands away from your face.
Avoid sick people, if you can.
Stay home if you're sick.
Cover your cough and sneeze into a tissue, then toss the tissue in the trash. Wash your hands again.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched areas.
If you need help getting to important medical appointments, don't just cancel, please contact your medical provider to see if there are safe options? Stay healthy, stay strong and stay informed so you can make the best decisions for YOU and your situation.
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