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Did you know that although white women suffer higher rates of breast cancer, black women are more likely to die from the disease? Why? Because of the stage at which the cancer is diagnosed. Many Africans do not seek the help of a trained healthcare provider until the are extremely ill and by then it is too late for the doctors to make an impactful course of treatment. Improve your health this year by scheduling a visit with a health care provider so you can find out if you have any medical conditions that need immediate attention.
The sooner you find out the better. Many of todays diseases can be attributed to diet and lifestyles and with some simple changes and effort on your part, you can prevent or delay the onset of disease or even manage the symptoms that make you ill.
Don’t stop at just your medical doctor. Schedule a visit with an eye doctor and dentist also because early detection is also important in these fields.
REMINDER: Take your Family Health Tree (see week 1) with you when you visit your doctor. The information you provide could save your life.
When it comes to diagnosis and great outcomes, early detection is key. Many health care providers rely on medical tests and your personal family medical history to determine if you are at risk for disease. However, with the expanding African diaspora and consequent separation of families you may not know which diseases run in your family. This is further complicated by a culture in which ill-health and disease are not openly discussed.
Improve your health this year by starting a family health tree.
1. Ask your close family members (parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews) what disease they have or had including how old they were when they were diagnosed. Also include the health history of close family members that have died.
2. Keep track of individul names and health conditions, storing this information in a safe place (or search for family health apps on your smart device).
3. If your relatives approve, share your health tree with the rest of the family.
Take your documented family history with you the next time you see your medical provider. The more family history you provide, the better able they will be to assess your symptoms and develop a quick and accurate diagnosis.
Remember, the life you save could be yours. Start your Family Health Tree today.