Genes, behaviors (such as exercise and eating habits), and environment are all factors that affect a patient's health. The goal of precision medicine is to protect a patient's health by measuring these factors and acting on them. Interventions can be tailored to the patient, rather than using the same approach for everyone.

Precision medicine, also called personalized medicine, helps providers find unique disease risks and treatments that will work best for a patient. Precision health is broader—it includes precision medicine but also approaches that occur outside the setting of a provider's office or hospital, such as disease prevention and health promotion activities. Precision health involves approaches that everyone can do on their own to protect their health as well as steps that public health can take (sometimes called “precision public health”).

Read more about precision medicine and the benefits here.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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