How much do you really know?
SETTING THE TONE
At For Our Daughters, Inc., our motto is “If you know better, you can do better.” We realize that the concerns with young women are not always evident and we believe that being empowered with information helps us to understand the current situation and issues young girls face on a daily basis.
What’s the importance in knowing my family history?
Knowing one’s family medical history allows a person to take steps to reduce his or her risk for potential health issues. For people at an increased risk of certain cancers, healthcare professionals may recommend more frequent screening (such as mammography or colonoscopy) starting at an earlier age. Healthcare providers may also encourage regular checkups or testing for people with a medical condition that runs in their family.
How am I supposed to get this information?
The easiest way to get information about family medical history is to talk to relatives about their health. Have they had any medical problems, and when did they occur? A family gathering could be a good time to discuss these issues. Additionally, obtaining medical records and other documents (such as obituaries and death certificates) can help complete a family medical history. It is important to keep this information up-to-date and share it with a healthcare professional regularly. (ghr.gov)
How can I effectively communicate with my teenager?
Start off with a clean slate
Drop the expectations
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