5 doctors weighed in:
Is a family medical history important? 
5 doctors weighed in

Dr. Marci Dietrich
Bariatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: VERY VERY IMPORTANT
Dear bgonzalez, i feel that family history is at least 50% of a patient's evaluation.
I still believe that family genetics is greater than 50%, perhaps 70% of my focus on a patients's potentially preventable disease. If there is breast cancer in the family at an early age-more attention to early diagnostic testing is appropriate. Myriad now has certain tests available. See their website, .

In brief: VERY VERY IMPORTANT
Dear bgonzalez, i feel that family history is at least 50% of a patient's evaluation.
I still believe that family genetics is greater than 50%, perhaps 70% of my focus on a patients's potentially preventable disease. If there is breast cancer in the family at an early age-more attention to early diagnostic testing is appropriate. Myriad now has certain tests available. See their website, .
Dr. Marci Dietrich
Dr. Marci Dietrich
Thank
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine
In brief: Yes
A family history tells us about risk.
Many diseases tend to run in families, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and some cancers. And if you are at higher risk for something, we can work harder to prevent it, or catch it early and treat it more effectively.

In brief: Yes
A family history tells us about risk.
Many diseases tend to run in families, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and some cancers. And if you are at higher risk for something, we can work harder to prevent it, or catch it early and treat it more effectively.
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Steven Seres
Board Certified,
17 years in practice
497K people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors