KC Family History

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Welcome to Kansas City Family History Day 2006

Many common conditions including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, as well as rare conditions such as cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, and sickle cell anemia can run in families. Tracing the health problems of your parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, cousins, and extended family members can help your health care providers provide diagnostic and treatment options to keep your family healthy.

The importance of family health history is recognized by the U.S. Surgeon General and other U.S. Department of Health Services. Their initiative to encourage all families to learn more about their family health history focuses National Family History Day on Thanksgiving. This begins a time when families get together for holidays and can learn about their family's health history.

Because family history is such a powerful screening tool, the Surgeon General has created a tool called "My Family Health Portrait" which can be downloaded for free and installed on your computer. This program help you organize your family tree and identify the conditions that run in your family. You can print out a graphical chart of your family tree, as well as a table listing family members and their health issues.

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