“Each year, when Dale Kagan’s cousins gather for the Rosh Hashana holiday, they catch her up on important family news like births and marriages — and the results of their colonoscopies.
Ms. Kagan, of Glencoe, Ill., has been tracking her extended family’s medical history for more than a decade. The 59-year-old began keeping the unusual health record after she and many of her relatives observed a tendency in the family to get colon polyps, which can sometimes lead to cancer. The pattern convinced family members to start getting tested more frequently and at younger ages. One cousin learned he had colon cancer at the age of 42.”
Anna Wilde Mathews, The Wall Street Journal, 11 June 2009