National Family Health History Day is November 22, 2018, which is also Thanksgiving Day!
Since 2004, this annual event has taken place on Thanksgiving since it is a time when most families gather together to share a meal, making it the perfect opportunity to also discuss the family’s health history.
The idea behind National Family Health History Day is to talk about any serious diseases in the family, specifically colorectal cancer.
Why is National Family Health History Day Important?
- Family Time
Being together on Thanksgiving is something that occurs annually for many families. It is important to cherish this time together and educate each other. Discussing hereditary issues that could affect the health of your family members is part of loving and taking care of them.
- Reviewing Risk Factors
It is important for all family members to be aware of the risk factors for colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in women and the third leading cause of cancer death in men, according to the American Cancer Society. Risk factors include obesity, physical inactivity, smoking, heavy drinking, and more. People with a family history of colorectal cancer are at an increased risk, making it extremely important to discuss any history of colorectal cancer.
- Discussion about Prevention
Many of the risk factors stated above are preventable such as obesity, physical inactivity, smoking and heavy drinking.
This Thanksgiving, take a moment after your second helping of turkey to discuss your family’s health history. If you would like to schedule a screening or speak with a medical provider about preventative measures, visit americanfamilycare.com to find a location near you! At AFC, we are committed to serving the needs of our patients with consistency, compassion, and communication.