There are a number of reasons why this is so important. One, if, heaven forbid, you or a family member has to go to the hospital and are unable to communicate, a piece of paper with medications and medical history is invaluable to the physician treating you. Also, and I have mentioned this before, YOUR screenings for different diseases/cancers may change depending on your families history. For instance, if you are so lucky that no one in your family has had any medical problems...it may not matter. BUT, if your mom had breast cancer at 45, then guess what? Now, your first mammogram needs to be at 35, not 40. Same holds true for colon cancer. Some medical conditions have a very strong genetic component (especially some heart problems) and it is very very important to know this. If your brother passed away suddenly at 22 years old from a heart condition...that is important info!
So...you homework for this weekend and upcoming week is to write down your medical problems and medications and any immediate family members medical problems...put it in your wallet/purse..and do not remove! Believe it or not, this little thing could be a life saver!