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Genomics in Public Health Practice - Family History

Chronic Disease and Family History Fact Sheets

Fact sheets published by the Minnesota Department of Health (pdf):



Breast Cancer

Cardiovascular Disease

Colorectal Cancer






Prostate Cancer

Family History Health Toolkit

What Does My Family History Tell Me About My Health Risks?

Instructions for collecting and interpreting a family health history to screen for familial chronic disease risk (pdf)

Your Family Health Tree: A Guide Resources to help you learn your family health history (pdf)

Utah Department of Health Family History Website

The website of the Utah Department of Health Chronic Disease Program

CDC National Office of Public Health Genomics Family History

Centers for Disease Control website subsection on family history

US Surgeon General's Family History Initiative

Health care professionals have known for a long time that common diseases - heart disease, cancer, and diabetes - and even rare diseases - like hemophilia, cystic fibrosis, and sickle cell anemia - can run in families. If one generation of a family has high blood pressure, it is not unusual for the next generation to have similarly high blood pressure. 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 take action to keep you and your family healthy.

To help focus attention on the importance of family history, the U.S. Surgeon General in cooperation with other agencies with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a national public health campaign, called the U.S. Surgeon General's Family History Initiative, to encourage all American families to learn more about their family health history.

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