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Last Posted: Nov 23, 2021
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Why Knowing Your Family’s Health Past Benefits Your Future
L Orlando, Duke University, November 2021

Knowing your family’s health history is one of the most important ways to maintain your health. It can be some of the best information doctors have to understand your risk for developing medical conditions. If you’re seeing family this holiday season, it’s a great time to talk about their past treatments and current medical needs. Asking questions about what’s impacted your loved ones will give you a more complete picture of how your own health may change in the future -- and how your doctor can help.

Stay Informed of Your Family Health History
CDC Public Health Matters Blog, November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving Day is National Family Health History Day. Family health history is a record of the diseases and health conditions in your family. Most people have family history of at least one chronic disease that makes them more likely to get that disease. Staying informed of your family’s health history can help you and your doctor prepare for and prevent diseases you are more likely to get and that can affect you later in life.

Happy Thanksgiving 2021! Family Health History in the COVID-19 Era
RF Green et al, CDC Blog Post, November 16, 2021

For a second year in a row, this Thanksgiving might not look the same as the ones before it, but some things haven’t changed. Even if you can’t see your loved ones in person, Thanksgiving is still a great time to talk to your family members about your family health history. Having one or more family members with a disease can mean that you and others in the family are more likely to get that disease. But it’s not inevitable — for many chronic diseases, knowing about your family health history can empower you to take steps that make you less likely to get diseases that run in your family.

Family Health History Social Media Campaign
NHGRI, November 2021

November is Family Health History Awareness Month! To celebrate, the National Human Genome Research Institute will host several engagement events over social media on Wednesday, November 17. We encourage you and your organizations to join in and help amplify our Institute’s mission to increase genomic literacy and family health history awareness.


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A risk prediction tool for individuals with a family history of breast, ovarian, or pancreatic cancer: BRCAPANCPRO. External Web Site Icon
Blackford Amanda L et al. British journal of cancer 2021
Clinical Characteristics of Pancreatic and Biliary Tract Cancers Associated with Lynch Syndrome. External Web Site Icon
Takamizawa Shigemasa et al. Journal of hepato-biliary-pancreatic sciences 2021
Contribution of Family History of Head and Neck Cancer and Associated Risk Factors: Analysis of an Internet Based Risk Assessment Tool. External Web Site Icon
O'Keefe R et al. International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics 2021 111(3S) e376
Determination of test performance of two contemporary screening tests for Lynch syndrome in endometrial cancer: A clinical trial. External Web Site Icon
Gudgeon James M et al. Gynecologic oncology 2021
Can Studying Genetically Predisposed Individuals Inform Prevention Strategies for RA? External Web Site Icon
Fowler-Woods Amanda et al. Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland) 2021 9(10)
Experience and Perceptions of a Family Health History Risk Assessment Tool among Multi-Ethnic Asian Breast Cancer Patients. External Web Site Icon
Yoon Sungwon et al. Journal of personalized medicine 2021 11(10)
Exploring the Role of Alcohol Metabolizing Genotypes in a 12-Week Clinical Trial of Naltrexone for Alcohol Use Disorder. External Web Site Icon
Castaldelli-Maia João M et al. Biomolecules 2021 11(10)
Identification of women at risk of hereditary breast-ovarian cancer among participants in a population-based breast cancer screening. External Web Site Icon
Bonelli Luigina et al. Familial cancer 2021
Pioneering BRCA1/2 Point-Of-Care Testing for Integration of Germline and Tumor Genetics in Breast Cancer Risk Management: A Vision for the Future of Translational Pharmacogenomics. External Web Site Icon
Mampunye Lwando et al. Frontiers in oncology 2021 11619817
Prospective Evaluation over 15 Years of Six Breast Cancer Risk Models. External Web Site Icon
Li Sherly X et al. Cancers 2021 13(20)

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