Thanksgiving can be more than just gathering with friends and family to eat great food and count our blessings. November 26, 2020 is also National Family Health History Day! Encourage your patients to start the conversation with their families. This is a perfect time; everyone is gathered, and it doesn’t take long.
It may not be easy but start the conversation. The idea is to take a day when everyone in your family is assembled and discuss the family health history, specifically any occurrence of colorectal cancer. Healthcare providers encourage you to use this day to share and care about this and other serious diseases.
Knowing and acting on your family health history can be an important part of staying healthy. Family health history can help your doctor decide what screening tests and other interventions you need and when. Even if you don’t have a parent or sibling with cancer or diabetes, you might be more likely to get a disease if other people in your family have or had the disease.
The My Family Health Portrait is a website that helps you create your own family health history. You can provide your health information to build a drawing of your family tree and a chart of your family health history. Both the chart and the drawing can be printed and shared with your family members and your doctor.
Tracing the illnesses suffered by your parents, grandparents and other blood relatives can help your doctor predict the disorders to which you may be at risk, and help you take action to keep you and your family healthy.