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LWalther

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Subject:11/6 Taking a Cancer-Focused Family History

Thuy Vu, MS, CGC, made a wonderful presentation and shared the following information:

The U.S. Surgeon General has declared previous Thanksgivings a National Family History Day.  Over the holiday, or at other times when families gather, the Surgeon General encourages Americans to talk about, and to write down, the health problems that seem to run in their family.  Learning about their family's health history may help ensure a longer, healthier future together.

 

Below are several resources on the importance a family history and how to gather the information.

         My Family History Portrait              https://familyhistory.hhs.gov/

         The American Medical Association - The Importance of a Family History    http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/2380.html

         Genetic Alliance Family Health History Resources      http://geneticalliance.org/ws_display.asp?filter=fhh.resources

         MDACC Patient Education document "Gathering a Cancer-Focused Family History" (pdf attached)

 

If you and your family members have concerns about your family history of cancer and would like to meet with a genetic counselor for a family cancer risk assessment, please review our webpage and ask your doctor to refer you to the Clinical Cancer Genetics Program. 

http://www.mdanderson.org/departments/ccg/

 

Our GU Lunch N' Learn will be suspended for December due to hectic holiday schedules.  Looking forward to seeing everyone in the new year!

-Laura Walther-Broussard, Social Work Counselor



UnknownGU L&L Genetics-Gathering Family History.pdf

Posted: 10 Nov 2008 08:20 AM
Originally Posted: 10 Nov 2008 08:18 AM
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LWalther

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Subject:11/6 Taking a Cancer-Focused Family History

Thuy Vu, Genetic Counselor, has added another informative link to her presentation on Taking a Cancer-Focused Family History:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28625176/

Please join us for the next GU Lunch N' Learn, Thursday, February 5, 2009 from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Mays Clinic Place...of wellness.  Cynthia Abarado, MSN, RN, GNP-BC, will be presenting on "Managing Cancer Treatment Side Effects".


Posted: 16 Jan 2009 11:02 AM
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