Why is it important for someone to know their family history when it pertains to cancer prevention?

Knowing your family medical history can make a big difference in your cancer prevention efforts, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

If you have an increased risk of cancer because of your family medical history, your doctor might recommend frequent or early screenings or tests for the types of cancer that run in your family, according to the NIH.

Some types of cancer are considered hereditary and can be detected by genetic testing, according to the American Society of Clinical OncologyOff Site Icon (ASCO). Knowing a type of cancer is hereditary can help doctors create even more personalized care for patients.

For more information about how family medical history can help with cancer prevention, talk with your doctor.

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