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Measuring your disease risk

Thursday, November 2, 2006

A new website by Harvard School of Public Health lets visitors tally their risk for several types of cancer, as well as heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and stroke. Users input their age and gender and some more specific info about their lifestyle to get personalized risk level comparisons for a given disease against those of others in the same demographic. The risk calculator also gives good tips on risk minimization and screening. Check out the Advocacy and Community Action page of the site for tips on the how you can help support healthy lifestyles in your community. Note: I tried to bring this to you yesterday, but the site was down thanks to traffic from an October 31 Wall Street Journal piece.

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