Genes play an important role in our overall health
Many of the most common diseases - including heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer - have a genetic component. There are also many kinds of childhood diseases and birth defects that can be passed from parent to child through our genes.
ScreenWise Genetics works to promote the health, well-being and quality of life of Oregonians using up-to-date knowledge of genomics through public health surveillance, policy development and education.
By studying the relationship between our genes, the environment, and our behaviors, researchers and practitioners can learn why some people get sick, while others do not. Better understanding of genetic and family history information can help identify and evaluate screening and other interventions that can improve health and prevent disease.
Do you know your family health history?
Keeping a family health history and sharing this information with your doctor and other family members can help you be proactive about your health.
Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer
If you have a family health history of breast or ovarian
cancer, you may be more likely to get these cancers yourself. Collecting
your family health history and sharing this information with your
doctor can help you find out if you’re at higher risk. If so, you can
take steps to lower your risk.