National Family Health History Day, November 24 2022

"Did you know that apart from Thanksgiving each year, it is National Family Health History Day? Since 2004, the U.S Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving Day as National Family Health History Day. This move was to encourage families to discuss their health histories on a day when everyone catches up.

It’s not just your looks and temperament that you may have inherited from your family. Your family may have even passed along the risk for many hereditary conditions like cancer, diabetes, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, depression, and dementia.

Knowing your family’s health history could help you predict and reduce the risks of hereditary illnesses. The family health history plays a crucial role in knowing if any diseases could be lying dormant in your genes."

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