Use the holidays to find out your family history

December 05, 2012
Most people know common health issues such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes can run in families.  However, only a few are aware of their own family's health background. Knowing this information is far more important than you might expect.

A breast cancer patient and a woman with a critical brain aneursym both explain how digging into family health history can reveal surprising information and be helpful for future generations.

Ali Conlin, M.D., Providence Cancer Center oncologist and researcher, acknowledges that it is a sensitive subject to bring up in conversation with your loved ones, but it is crucial information to know for your health.

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