Today it is estimated that 5 to 10 percent of all cancers are genetically related. (75) To assist the medical team in evaluating you it is essential that they know your family cancer history. Therefore, it is suggested that you chart your family cancer history using the interactive chart provided below to record the information and give it to your medical team.
TAKE ACTION NOW!:
- Fill out the Family Cancer History Chart for three generations, soliciting the help of your family members.
- Give a copy of your Family Cancer History Chart to your medical team for evaluation.
- Determine with your primary doctor if you will need special testing or monitoring. This should include specific information on how frequently you to monitor your body, schedule various screenings as well as doctor visits.
- Discuss pros and cons of gentic testing for you and your family.
Follow Up Action:
- Be vigilant –Schedule doctor visits, screenings, and diagnostic tests. Keep the plan developed by you and your medical team.
- Discuss with your medical team and genetic specialist if you and your family should participate in genetic testing.
- Update the Family Cancer History Chart as necessary and share updates with your medical team.