Chart Your Biological Family Cancer History (78, 116)

Learn how to chart your family cancer history to know if you are at risk!

Family members share the same genes. You cannot change your genetic makeup. Knowing your family history can help manage your long-term wellness.

Today it is estimated that 5 to 10 percent of all cancers are genetically related. (75) To assist the medical team in evaluating you and deciding which tests and screenings you should have and at what age to start it is essential that they know your biological family cancer history. An interactive chart is provided below to record the information. 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 and share it with all your family members.

Click here for a printable version of the Family Cancer History Chart.

Help your medical team in evaluating you. Download the Biological Family Cancer History Chart and start charting your family cancer history today!

Get to know your family history

Going over your family medical history can help you understand your cancer risk and can even help you beat the disease. Get to know your history today!

  • Fill out the Biological Family Cancer History Chart for three biological generations. If you are adopted, ask your adoptive parents if they have any medical information from your biological parents.
  • Work with your biological family members to get accurate information such as which relative had cancer, how many times, age when each cancer was diagnosed, type of cancer, and how many years in remission. For any family member with a second diagnosis of cancer, the adjacent set of columns should be completed in order to record it separately. Any additional occurrences need to be completed in section two of the form.
  • Give a copy of your completed Biological Family History Chart to your medical team and family members.
  • Determine with your primary doctor if you will need special testing or monitoring. This should include specific information on the type of tests and screenings you should have, how frequently you should schedule them, including doctor visits.
  • Discuss pros and cons of genetic testing for you and your biological family.

What do I need to do next?

  • Be vigilant – Keep the plan developed by you and your medical team. Schedule doctor visits, screenings, and diagnostic tests.
  • 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 and family.  

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