family history

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A family history consists of information about disorders suffered by the relatives of a patient. The history can help the patient identify diseases that he or she may be susceptible to, and help the patient to avoid potential environmental triggers.

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered:

My odds of cancer really low if no family history?

May be

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Heredity and environment both play important roles in cancer development. Even if thre is no family history, you should not smoke, have no more than one drink a day, limit exposure to sun/UV light, limt intake of fats, maintain a BMI below 25 through balanced diet and exercise.
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Dr. Johanna Fricke answered:

what's family history most useful for in genetics?

Who, what, how

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A 3- generation family history helps geneticists answer parents' questions, whether they have an affected child or are planning a pregnancy. A "genogram," (schematic drawing) shows the pattern of inheritance of the medical/ behavioral/ developmental problems in question, so the risk of other family members' developing the disorder ( now or in future generations) can be explained.
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How do I know if I have family history of diabetes?

Ask family

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The way to know if you have a family history of diabetes is to ask family members. Your parents would be the best source of information, but grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins are all options. You want to check with those blood relatives if they have been diagnosed with diabetes.
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How much can family history effect bipolar disorder?

Likely

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Bipolar disorder most frequently is associated with a family history of that disorder, or those related (including alcoholism). This shows that there is often a genetic predisposition to the disorder in a given individual.
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How do I know if I have colon cancer? Family history.

Get a colonoscopy

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The most accurate diagnostic tool available to answer your question is a colonoscope. If you are at risk, have alarm signs or symptoms, or have reached an age appropriate for screening then call your gastroenterologist & book your exam. You can also identify colon cancer with a specific stool test. X-rays will identify mass lesions, but may miss flat lesions, & do not permit taking of a biopsy.
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What are the chances for twins without family history?

Twin risk

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I agree with other answers. Let me add that women older than 35 also have an increased risk because they have a higher natural level of FSH ( follicle stimulating hormone). In addition to IVF, any fertility medication increases the risks but to a variable degree. We have a ways to go but the trend to more single embryo transfer, is reducing the multiple rates from IVF. Best wishes.
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Dr. Eric Kaplan answered:

How can i prevent adenomatous polyps if family history?

High fiber diet

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and getting regular colonoscopies. Some data suggest NSAID's can reduce the incidence but that does not preclude getting regular colonoscopies
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Why did a child with no family history of diabetes get it?

Autoimmune response

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Whoever finds the cause to type 1 diabetes will likely get a nobel prize. One theory is that a virus sets of an autoimmune cascade. The body immune system then sends antibodies that attack the islet cell of the pancreas. Once, enough islets are killed, one develops diabetes.
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Does a family history of cervical cancer pass down by men?

No

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Cervical cancer is not genetically determined.
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Dr. Amr Azim answered:

Do you need to give a family history when you donate sperm?

Yes you do

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Family history may indicate carrying some genetic issues that need to be tested or disqualify the donor from donation
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