Our genes play an important role in our overall health. Many of the most common diseases - including heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer - have a genetic component. There are also many kinds of childhood diseases and birth defects that can be passed from parent to child through our genes.
By studying the relationship between our genes, the environment, and our behaviors, researchers and practitioners can learn why some people get sick, while others do not. Better understanding of genetic and family history information can help identify and evaluate screening and other interventions that can improve health and prevent disease.
Do you know your family health history?
Keeping a family health history and sharing this information with your doctor and other family members can help you be proactive about your health.