You’re in the doctor’s office filling out paperwork. There are questions to answer about your health, but also about the health of your parents, grandparents and siblings. You scratch your head, panic a little, then leave lots of blank spaces, hoping the information won’t be relevant to today’s visit.
Regrettably those spaces–that missing information–may matter a lot.
According to the Surgeon General’s Family Health History Initiative, only a third of people in the US have tried to gather their family health history. Yet, in the case of cancer, your health history or heredity, can carry some weight.