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Online tool encourages families to bone up on genetics

Online tool encourages families to bone up on genetics

Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute have developed a free, online assessment tool that allows individuals to enter their family medical history, and determine their risk for both cancer and coronary heart disease.

Called Family HealthLink, the tool was created by the Clinical Cancer Genetics and Medical Genetics Programs. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and provides a printable risk assessment that can be used for discussion with a physician or genetic counselor.

“It is important that families take the time to discuss their health in order to better understand their risk for cancer and coronary heart disease and improve screening and prevention methods,” said Kevin Sweet, genetic counselor and director of the Family HealthLink project.

To access Family HealthLink, go to familyhealthlink.osumc.edu or call 1-888-329-1654 to reach the genetics programs by phone.

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