A hereditary condition is one that is genetically passed on from one or both biological parents, such as bleeding disorders. Are you concerned that a medical condition you have may be passed to your children? Do you wonder if you could develop a disease that your parents or siblings have? Learn more about common hereditary conditions, including symptoms, treatment options and expert advice.
THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who carry common gene variants linked to breast cancer can still cut their risk of the disease by following a healthy lifestyle, a large new study suggests.
Having a strong family history of cancer is scary. Every screening test causes anxiety, and I continually wonder "When?" "What if?" and "Which kind?"
Last week I took a step toward some answers. I went to see a genetic counselor and, on her recommendation, got genetic testing. Now I wait—for one long month.
My gynecologist recommended I see the counselor, primarily because of my family history. It's not a great gene pool.
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My daughter has von Willebrand disease. What can I do to keep her safe and help her lead a normal life?
Is it safe for me to have a baby if I have von Willebrand disease (VWD)?
What is von Willebrand disease (VWD)? It is the most common bleeding disorder in the United States, found in up to 1 percent of the population. Blood contains numerous proteins that help the body stop bleeding after medical procedures or injuries. One of these proteins is named von Willebrand factor (VWF). People with VWD have low levels of VWF or VWF that doesn't work properly, so their blood doesn't clot properly.