Did you know that the Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving Day to be Family Health History Day? If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably already know this as I’ve written on it for the past few years. It is a topic that is near and dear to my heart and I hope you will consider collecting and sharing this information with your family.
I’m visiting Connecticut for the holiday and heard just this morning of a young woman (a cousin of my husband) who was diagnosed with breast cancer and just had a double mastectomy. She lives across the country and when she was diagnosed she had no idea that her great aunt had been diagnosed with breast cancer in her early forties. With the announcements of this past week changing the recommendations for mammograms it is more important than ever to know about your family history. And remember, men can get breast cancer as well.
I hope you’ll take the opportunity to discuss health issues with your family on Thursday.
Happy Health History Day, and Thanksgiving, too!