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point n i p n a c If you editary r e h n i a t a cer your n i r e c n a c ou may y , y l i m a f isk of r e h t n u r ther o g n i p o l deve cancers types of with it. d e t a i c o ass Paternal Uncle Father Maternal Grandmother Maternal Grandfather Paternal Grandmother Paternal Grandfather Maternal Aunt Mother Maternal Aunt Ovarian cancer Brother You Sister Breast cancer Prostate cancer Niece Niece Daughter Knowing your family’s history of cancer can help you better assess your own risk. This sample family tree depicts a family with a history of ovarian, breast and prostate cancer. also play a part in your cancer risk assessment. For instance, if your father died of lung cancer in his 80s and was a lifelong smoker, the cancer probably did not reflect a strong genetic trait. If you can pinpoint a certain hereditary cancer in your family, you may run the risk of developing other types of cancers associated with it. For instance, 3% of people with colon cancer have Lynch Syndrome, an inherited disorder that also increases the risk of cancers of the stomach, kidney, bladder, skin, and (in women) uterus. Of course, a family medical history can be difficult to obtain. Family members can be estranged or not forthcoming about their history of cancer. And odds are your older relatives have passed away. Even if you can’t create a complete family cancer history, any medical information you can provide your doctor is helpful. “For instance, knowing if family members have died of other causes and age at diagnosis or death can help build a family history profile,” says Dr Rana. 24 February 2018 HEALTH & NUTRITION