developing breast cancer, then learning about it sooner rather than later can help you when it comes to early detection.
Why? Because since you know it runs in your family, it should encourage you to go get a mammogram and be aware of the changes in your breast and body.
It could also help you prepare for your future, especially if you see children in them. If one of your parents has a copy of the sickle cell gene, then you will have the sickle cell trait. So if you and your partner both have a copy of the sickle cell gene, then your child will develop sickle cell anemia because, in order to be diagnosed with this disease, both parents have to have the gene. This is very important to know and can definitely be learned through talking about the history of your parents and their families’ health.
How To Go About Understanding Their History So You Can Prepare For The Future
The best thing to do, if you can, is to ask questions. If you have elders in your family, research some common illnesses such as hypertension, breast cancer, diabetes, etc. and ask if these medical conditions run in your family. Make sure to do it for both your mother and father’s side if possible.
Another way is to start getting tested and checked out regularly. Knowing how your body is currently operating can not only put you at an advantage if certain illnesses do run in your family, but it can also help with prevention if you catch it early.
However, you decide to go about it, learn about the health of your family members, even the ones who are no longer here with you. You never know what you might find and you never know what you might be preventing.