Holidays, like Father’s Day, are when families are most likely to gather with multiple generations. This year give everyone in your family a gift. Take the time to ask your dad, and other family members, about your health history. Knowing your history could save your life.
While many factors contribute to your overall health, several common health concerns like colon cancer, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure are known to run in families.
Being aware of what health conditions or illnesses your parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles or relatives might have suffered from can be key to identifying your own health risks.
Knowing your family health history is important for you and the physicians who provide your medical care so they can look out for early symptoms or identify lifestyle changes to reduce health risks.
See Dr. Gentry with Colon & Rectal Specialists discuss research on how family history plays a part in predicting risk and recurrence of colon cancer.
Learn more about what you can do to prevent colon cancer from CRS, Richmond’s specialists in treating colon and rectal health issues including colonoscopies, colon cancer, incontinence, hemorrhoids, IBS and more.