People Who Were Adopted Fight for State Law to Get Family Medical History

Published 05/13 2014 03:46PM

Updated 05/13 2014 05:21PM

People who have been adopted have been fighting for a state law that would give them access to their family health history.  The bill has been introduced in the state assembly. 

It's a routine question in exam rooms: explain your family health history.  The bill would give people who are adopted access to their birth certificate, and, a medical history form, if available.  Hundreds of people walk through the doors at UR Medicine Primary Care to see their family doctor.
Doctor Michael Mendoza says he has had patients who were adopted, and didn't know their family history, "it's really tough, we do the best that we can, we try to get as much information from the patient as we would ordinarily, but often when we don't have that family history we're in some respects driving blind."

Dr. Mendoza says knowing a family health history can help doctors screen patients for cancer and other hereditary.

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