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Family History and Your Health

Take this quiz to test your smarts on how much your family's medical history could affect your health.

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Family History and Your Health
Family History and Your Health
Question 1 of 20 Correct

A family medical history should be reviewed for which diseases?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Your doctor will want to know if any particular types of cancer, like breast or colon, or cardiovascular disease run in your family.

Family History and Your Health
Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: What holiday is National Family History Day?

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The correct answer is: The Surgeon General of the United States first declared Thanksgiving to be National Family History Day in 2004.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a first degree blood relative?

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The correct answer is: Your father is a first degree blood relative, as is your mother. Your family medical history should include any cancers or chronic diseases they might have or had.

Family History and Your Health
Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: A strong family history of disease depends on how many relatives have the disease and how close a relative they are.

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The correct answer is: This is true. The closer the relatives and the number of relatives with the disease make for a stronger family history and a greater risk of having the disease.

Family History and Your Health
Question 5 of 20 Correct

What is the likely percentage for inheriting a genetic medical condition?

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The correct answer is: In most cases, your likelihood of inheriting a genetic disease is less than 50 percent.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

What can I do to prevent heart disease if it is in my family history?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. If you smoke, you should try to quit. And you should limit your consumption of red meat and dairy products.

Family History and Your Health
Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Your family medical history should include two generations of relatives

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The correct answer is: This is false. Ideally your family medical history should examine at least 3 generations.

Family History and Your Health
Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a second degree blood relative?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Cousins are not second degree blood relatives.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Should a spouse or partner be included in my medical history?

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The correct answer is: Yes. You should include your spouse or partner in the medical history because even though they do not share your hereditary risks, there are environmental or lifestyle factors that might be important. Many medical conditions have both hereditary and environmental risk factors.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Most women who get breast cancer do not have a family history of cancer.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Only about 15 percent of women with breast cancer have a family history of the disease. But having a first-degree relative who has had breast cancer doubles your risk of developing the disease.

Family History and Your Health
Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which of these diseases has a link to family history?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Cystic fibrosis has a known connection to a gene mutation.

Family History and Your Health
Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of these should be included in a family medical history for each relative?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. You should also include diseases, the age the disease was diagnosed, diet, exercise habits, smoking and any history of weight problems.

Family History and Your Health
Question 13 of 20 Correct

What is my risk of developing pancreatic cancer if my mom, dad, sister or brother had the disease?

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The correct answer is: Your risk of developing pancreatic cancer is tripled if an immediate relative had the disease. The risk of pancreatic cancer is also increased if your family history includes ovarian, colon or breast cancer. About 10 percent of pancreatic cancers have a hereditary link.

Family History and Your Health
Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: A woman is more likely to develop urinary incontinence if her mother or sister are incontinent.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Family history may have something to do with bladder control problems including stress incontinence and mixed incontinence.

Family History and Your Health
Question 15 of 20 Correct

What percentage of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes?

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The correct answer is: About 40 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

How often should I update my family history?

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The correct answer is: You should update your medical history each year when you see your primary care provider for your checkup.

Family History and Your Health
Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: The vast majority of cancers are diagnosed in children.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The vast majority of cancer diagnoses occur in later adulthood.

Family History and Your Health
Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Family history is the number one risk factor for obsessive compulsive disorder.

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The correct answer is: This is true. The number one risk factor for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is family history.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of the following might be recommended by the doctor if there is a family history of a inheritable disease?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Genetic counseling and or testing and risk reduction options might be recommended to you by your physician if you have an increased risk of developing a disease.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

How long does it take to compile a family medical history?

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The correct answer is: The Surgeon General of the United States has developed an internet-based tool to help you create a family health portrait. It should only take 15 to 20 minutes to build a basic family health history.

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