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HAVE YOU UPDATED YOUR FAMILY CANCER HISTORY? YOU SHOULD, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

If cancer strikes in your family, you need to update your own history to stay current on personal cancer risk, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association concludes. While this may seem obvious enough that you may be thinking 'duh,' William Nelson, director of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, says it's really an opportunity.

NELSON: I think it is something you will want to do and I suspect it will require vigilance both from the healthcare provider and this is one of these ones where you can be proactive as a healthcare consumer. To get an accurate family history maintain it. You know more about your family than anybody. And so I think this is really in a sense less of a duh article than it is a call to action or empowerment. Use that information the best way you can, make sure it's accurate have it with you maintain it, and then make sure it's used in your treatment decision making as you go forward. :31

Nelson says such information informs screening behavior. At Johns Hopkins, I'm Elizabeth Tracey.

 



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