Know Your Family History

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It is important for you to know your family’s health history. It is one of the tools your doctor can use to keep you and your family healthy.

Knowing your family’s health history can help them find out if a disease runs in your family, so they can watch for signs or test you or your family members before it becomes a problem, and also start treatment earlier. 

Since family history is such an important topic for everyone to understand, particularly communities of color, we have launched a new initiative in partnership with the Black Women’s Health Imperative/Rare Disease Diversity Coalition to address this. We hope to increase your knowledge and understanding of family history and genetic testing, help you get to a diagnosis quicker, and get better care.

*Global Genes is committed to respecting the privacy of the patients and caregivers that we serve. When you choose to submit an inquiry through the RARE Concierge resource, we collect data that helps us to better understand the needs of the people who access this service. We DO NOT sell, trade or otherwise share information about you, except as described in our Privacy Policy. In submitting this form, I consent to having my personal data be processed in accordance with Global Genes’ Terms and Conditions.

Talking about your family’s health history can feel uncomfortable to some people, but don’t worry.

Global Genes is here for you!

We have information and resources to help you every step of the way.

Scroll down to get more information and watch videos on how to talk to your family and genetic testing. In addition, our Patient Services guides can answer your specific questions and provide you with additional information.



How to Talk to Your Family

Tips on how to start a conversation, questions to ask, and why learning about your family health history is important.

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Tests That Can Help Find Answers

Learn about medical tests that can help explain why certain conditions run in your family.

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How a Genetic Counselor Can Help You

Genetic counselors can answer questions, explain hard information, and help you find ways to pay for tests.

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Learn more about Gene-Based Diagnosis with our toolkit: