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Achieving utility with family history: colorectal cancer risk.

Authors
  • Bowen, Deborah J
  • Ludman, Evette
  • Press, Nancy
  • Vu, Thuy
  • Burke, Wylie
Type
Published Article
Journal
American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2003
Volume
24
Issue
2
Pages
177–182
Identifiers
PMID: 12568824
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Family history of chronic disease is rapidly becoming a research tool for targeting participants at increased risk. Its current usefulness in clinical practice remains unknown. This paper details the possible utility and complications in using family history in a primary care setting, using colorectal cancer risk as the health issue. Where available, we cite data to support the issues that could arise. Where there are no studies, we invite further research. The potential of family history as a health improvement tool is still under review.

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