LivingWell hosts talk on learning about your family medical history

By on November 7, 2010

GENEVA—LivingWell Cancer Resource Center will host Scott Michalski, M.S., a certified genetic counselor, and the Kane Country Geneological Society, to talk about how to tackle the challenge of learning one’s family medical history, from 7 to 8:30 p.m on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

“An accurate family medical history is the most useful and cost-effective tool in genetics,” Michalski said. “Knowing one’s family medical history can help their physician to tailor customized recommendations for health screenings and prevention.”

The presentation will explain the importance of medical genealogy, detail how to trace your family history, and demonstrate how this information is used in your medical chart to assess your risk of certain diseases, especially cancer.

LivingWell Cancer Resource Center provides free information and support services that address the challenges of people living with cancer, their family members and their friends.The center is at 1803 W. State St., Geneva and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be called at (630) 262-1111.