Why Your Family History Matters

Has your doctor ever asked you about medical conditions that other members of your family have had?  Your doctor is trying to understand your family’s medical history to establish your risk for developing any medical conditions that are hereditary, meaning that they run in your family.

Even though only 5-10% of cancers are hereditary, it is important to know if your family has a hereditary cancer, as you may benefit from increased or earlier screening, genetic counseling, or even genetic testing.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has created this easy to use flow chart, to help you collect your family history and discuss it with your doctor.


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