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Know Your Family Health History

Certain health problems run in ethnic groups and cultures. If you have a family history of health problems or birth defects, your future children may be at risk.

Talk with your health care provider, a social worker, or other health professional if you have the following concerns or conditions:

• High blood pressure
• History of cancer
• Diabetes
• Hemophilia
• Thalassemia or Sickle Cell disease
• Tay Sachs disease
• Cystic Fibrosis
• Mental retardation.

Also, if you have had a child with spina bifida, you are at greater risk of having another child with the disease. The risk of having a child with a cleft lip and/or palate is increased if you have a family history. If you have a family history of Down syndrome or another chromosomal or genetic abnormality, consult a genetic counselor to determine your risk. Finally, having children with a blood relative may increase the risk of having a child with a genetic disorder or birth defect.

Click here for more information on these and other health concerns.

 

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