Your family health history

To find out if you are at risk for a genetic form of cancer, you should start by collecting your family health history and talking to your family doctor or cancer specialist. 

Your family health history can provide important clues about the diseases that happen in your family. It will help you learn about your relatives and whether they have had cancer. 

A family health history includes information about your family members who are alive and deceased.  It helps you get a picture of the types of diseases that happen in your family. It also helps you see when your family members develop diseases during their life.  

You can find tools to help you collect and understand your family health history by using the related resources on the right side of this page.