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What is a disease risk assessment?

Dr. Kathleen Wolin, ScD
Preventive Medicine
A disease risk assessment is a prevention tool that allows you to figure out your risk of developing key diseases, including cancer. Watch me describe the "Your Disease Risk" tool from the Siteman Cancer Center. 
Disease risk assessment is a scientific tool that uses quantitative data on health risk factors (like age, weight, cholesterol and glucose levels, family history of disease, etc.) to calculate a person’s risk of getting certain diseases/conditions.

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