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Basics about Making Family Medical Trees
Including family medical history with your genealogy records effects the good health for future generations. Statistics show that 30% of the 10,000 known diseases have been genetically linked in families. Geneticists and Doctors only need about 3 generations deep in medical genealogy research to determine a family member's chances of contracting a genetic disease or birth defect.

Early prevention and treatment goes a long way to curing the victims of such genetically linked diseases as :
  • Colon Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Alcoholism
  • High Blood Pressure

  • What medical information to gather :
  • Which family member had what disease.
  • Symptoms of the family members problem
  • When was the disease diagnosed.
  • What treatments was performed including what was successful or failed.

  • Benefits include Better Screening - If someone is proven to be genetically predisposed to a disease, doctors may suggest starting screening for the disease at an early age.

    Early Prevention - Some diseases have been found to be prevented with certain medications and vitamins. In the case of breast cancer, some young woman choose to remove their breasts before facing the inevitable. As for type II diabetes, members not yet diagnosed with the disease can regulate their diet and interject exercise into their daily routines before being forced to do so after learning of their own impending diagnosis.

    Tips for Making a Family Medical Tree
    1. Update your family medical tree every 1-2 years. New family members are born every year. A family member can be diagnosed with a disease at any time.
    2. Note the healthy relatives as well. If you have a large number of relatives that do not contract a disease, you can calculate a lower risk of contracting the disease also.
    3. Note the bad habits of relatives diagnosed with a disease. We must rule out other factors like heavy smokers, heavy drinkers, obesity, and occupations that expose a family member to toxic conditions.
    4. Understand that medical research is constantly evolving. It is usually good to ask questions of living relatives who knew the symptoms of a past relative's illness. They may even know themselves what the relative had now that they are more aware today, even though medical records are misleading. You can even enter the symptoms into an online symptoms checker tool to see if the original diagnosis conflicts with today's medical knowledge.
    5. Gather Prenatal Medical Information - It can be quite helpful for new mothers in the family to know the prenatal medical of history of the women and new babies in the family. Aproximately 20% of birth defects are passed down in families. Such genetic prenatal diseases could include sickle cell disease (primarily in african american people), Cystic fibrosis (primarily found in caucasion people), or Hemophelia (a familial disorder that prevents people from clotting and opening them to excessive bleeding issues. Noting familial genetic disorders may help new parents better cope with the possibilities, enabling them to become educated before the issue becomes a reality for their new baby.

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    Where to find Family Medical Information :
    1. Death certificates - Often note the cause of death as well as the age and location.
    2. Obituary Notices - Some obituaries note the cause of death and even their occupation.
    3. Pension Records -
    4. Social Security Applications -After death SSNs are not generally kept secret. You can usually find the age and the place of death.
    5. Military Records -These can be more open to the public than most medical records because you usually just need the person's identifying information like a social security number. Other medical records usually require the subject's authorization or authorization from the executer of their estate upon their death.
    6. Family Bible - In the times past, families kept track of vaccinations and family illnesses in family bibles. Pamplets given out at funerals were also stored in this sacred books.

    More Information About Cancers Linked to Genetics
    Cancer research indicates that cancers occur when an abnormal number of genetic mutations in genes that control cell growth and division or the repair of damaged DNA grow and divide uncontrollably to form a tumor. Here are some websites with infomration specific to certain types of cancers linked to your genetic makeup :
    1. Colon Cancer - The Mayo Clinic website offer information about how to know if you are at risk of colon cancer and information about medical prevention strategies.
    2. Breast Cancer - This website explains what breast cancer is and how it relates to genetic research.
    3. Prostate Cancer - This article explains the basic results of a study completed by Wake Forest University indicating that some men are prone to prostate cancer because a variation in a specific gene makes them more susceptible to the harmful effects of cancer-causing agents.

    Other Diseases linked to Genetics and Heredity in Families
    1. Diabetes - A disease that inflicts people who cannot produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that converts sugar and other starches into energy. Divided into two types : Type I cannot produce insulin and Type II cannot use it properly. Contracting the disease is a combination of genetic and environmental factors, but your chances are greater depending on your parent's history of having the disease.

    2. Parkinson Disease - Parkinson disease is a neurological disorder where its carriers loose control of their limbs as well as other issues such as depression, mood changes, sleep disorders, and sexual disfunction. As time goes on these symptoms may become more and more severe. This disorder may sporadically affect families, but is also found to be caused by a complex combination of genetic and environmental factors.

    3. Lou Gerigs Disease (ALS) - Medically termed Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, but primarily known as Lou Gerigs Disease. The disease progressively affects the motor skills of people when trying to walk speak and even make bowel movements. Related to genetic chromosome 21, the disease is traced in family medical histories 5-10% in North America, but scientists are continuing to search for more inheritable genetic mutations that cause this disease.

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