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Being at increased risk for a disease doesn't mean you have to resign yourself to getting it. On the contrary: Knowing what may be lurking in your DNA is one of the most powerful tools you have to save your own life. If you're aware of what to watch out for, you can take steps to prevent illness and stay healthy.
When your parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins gather together this holiday season, I want you to put it all on the table. These topics might be difficult to discuss, but doing so will benefit you and your loved ones in the long run. Write down all the facts you collect and share them with your doctor; a comprehensive medical history will help her better identify risk factors you may have overlooked and monitor you for early warning signs of disease. Here are the five questions you need to ask.