Family Health History: Why It's Vital to Start the Conversation

Family Health History: Why It's Vital to Start the Conversation

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. in 2021, as well as 49,290 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.

As we embark on a new year, it's time to prioritize our health and take control of our breast health. If you're wondering where to start, consider having a conversation with your family about their health history.

Our families play a significant role in shaping our health, from our daily habits to our genetic predispositions. By discussing your family health history, you can gain valuable insight into your own breast cancer risk and take action as needed.

Having open and honest conversations about breast cancer with your family can be challenging, especially if someone has been affected by the disease. But it's important to remember that sharing this information can save lives and empower each member of your family to make informed decisions about their health.

Here are some tips to get the conversation started:

  1. Start with someone you trust. Choose a family member who you feel comfortable discussing sensitive topics with, and work together to approach other relatives.

  2. Do your research. Prepare some key points you want to discuss and be ready to answer any questions or concerns that may arise.

  3. Include all family members. Breast cancer can affect anyone, regardless of gender. Make sure to include all members of your family in the conversation.

  4. Use technology to your advantage. The Office of the Surgeon General has created an online tool to help families create a chart of their health history, which can be shared with family members and doctors.

  5. Follow up with your doctor. Once you have gathered your family's health history, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss any potential risks and what steps you can take to prioritize your breast health.

At Ciralu, we believe that knowledge is power. By having open and honest conversations with our families, we can take control of our health and reduce our risk of breast cancer.