Know Your Risk Factors
Anything that increases a person’s chance of developing a disease like cancer or heart disease is called a risk factor. Some risk factors can be avoided like smoking or exposing your skin to strong sunlight. Others, such as certain traits we inherited from our relatives, are unavoidable. It’s important for you to know that having a risk factor, or even several, does not mean that you will be diagnosed with a chronic disease.
Your Disease Risk (below), is an interactive tool created to help you decrease your odds of getting sick in the first place. It will ask you questions about your health, lifestyle and personal background.
By using YOUR DISEASE RISK CALCULATOR, completing YOUR FAMILY HISTORY TREE and filling out YOUR PERSONAL CHECK LIST, you can help your health professional talk to you about chronic disease prevention and the regular check-ups and special screening tests you may need. Please return to Self chec by closing the Disease Risk window when you are finished.