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, by asking you questions about your health, lifestyle and personal background. You can link from this page to Your Disease Risk at the Siteman Cancer Center site by clicking on the image below:

Your Disease Risk

 

 

 

By using YOUR DISEASE RISK CALCULATOR, completing YOUR FAMILY HISTORY TREE and filling out YOUR PERSONAL CHEC LIST, you can help your health professional talk to you about chronic disease prevention and the regular chec-ups and special screening tests you may need. Please return to Self chec by closing the Disease Risk window when you are finished.