It’s fun to discover your family history. Online ancestry sites make it possible to learn about your great-grandfather or research a long-lost distant relative. There is another form of family tree that is of particular interest to your physician. 

According to, “You inherit half of your genetic profile from each parent.” That means you may have an increased risk of a serious disease, such as cancer, if  close family members also had the disease. MayoClinic has an article suggesting tips on how you can construct a family medical tree to present to your doctor:

If you’re a baby boomer guy who has finally scheduled a physical examination, congratulations! Just remember to provide your doctor with your family medical history. It’s a detail that is easily overlooked, but can result in earlier medical interventions, particularly cancer screenings. If you can catch that cancer early, there’s a much greater chance of cure or life-extending treatment.