“Knowing your family history is very important when it comes to screening and prevention,” says Shikha Jain, MD, from the Division of Hematology Oncology at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. “If you have a family history, your physician may recommend further screening tests, or starting screening earlier than the general population.” While you can’t control everything, you can take care of yourself. Read on for some weird things that could cause cancer, so you can keep your risk to a minimum.
About Shikha Jain, MD FACP
I am a practicing, board-certified hematology/oncology physician in Chicago. I speak on topics ranging from the impact of social media on healthcare, how physicians can utilize social media, how to write Op-eds in the medical world, gender equity and barriers to career advancement, and topics in GI oncology and immunotherapy. My goal is to explain complicated topics in simple terms. I also enjoy writing and you can find some of my writing on this site. I am a mother to three amazing kids and married to a gastroenterologist. I look forward to connecting with you.