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What is a person’s family history?

Dr. Ordway discusses family history. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript


A medical family history is a record of the health background of your close relatives, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Because family members often have things in common – including genes, environment, and lifestyle – medical conditions frequently can continue through generations and along family lines, according to the NIH.

A medical health history should include information such as diseases, chronic conditions, age of diagnosis, ethnic background, and racial background, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health (HHS).

Talk to your doctor for more information about family history.

Learn more:

Source: Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Dori Thompson, MD, Springboro Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joshua Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Douglas Gaker, MD, Premier Urology Center; J. Scott Wilcher, MD, North Dayton Surgeons; Todd Hicks, Premier Plastic Surgeons; Geetha Ambalavanan, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Kenneth Reed, DO, Premier Gastroenterology Specialists; Thomas Heck, MD, Gem City Surgical Breast Cancer Center

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