WAUSAU, Wis. – How much do you know about your familymedical history? The answer could help save your life. Thanksgiving is also National Family History Day. It's a re-minder as you spend the day with your family to know any health risks in your lineage. Aspirus offers genetic counseling services that can help youdetermine your own personal inherited health risks, or those ofother family members, and learn how personalized medicine can impact your health. "This isn't like one of those DNA kits you send in to learn yourfamily ancestry,” says Aspirus Genetic Councilor Victoria Ballard."We're looking at a specific panel of genes to see if there are anypotential issues.” Genetic counseling services are commonly used to determine aperson's risk for developing or passing on inherited cancer, heart,pediatric, and prenatal-related conditions. A genetic counselor such as Victoria will help you:• Find your chance of getting certain diseases • Decide if a genetic test is right for you• Learn how knowing your genetic makeup could helpyou with disease prevention or management so you canmake more informed health care decisions. “The more information we can get, the better,” says Victoria. “This is one of the many great tools Aspirus has to improve the lives of our patients.” Call Aspirus with questions. A referral from your provider is needed for a visit with a genetic counselor. To learn more or for an appointment call 715-847-0450 or 844212-4556, or email [email protected] Aspirus Health Aspirus Health is a non-profit, community-directed health system based in Wausau, Wisconsin. Its 11,000 employees are focused on improving the health and well-being of people throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Aspirus serves communities through

FROM PAGE 2 four hospitals in Michigan and 13 hospitals in Wisconsin, 75 clinics, home health and hospice care, pharmacies, critical care and air-medical transport, medical goods, nursing homes and a broad network of physicians. Aspirus has been recognized four consecutive years by IBM Watson Health as a Top 15 Health System in its annual study identifying the top-performing health systems in the country. For more information, visit aspirus.org.

December 1, 2021