Fast Fact: Know Your Family's Health History
Video Transcript

"A gray background with a yellow, blue, and black Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Center logo on the top right. A Black woman in a red shirt is signing in the middle.

"February is an important month as it is Black History month! This includes the importance of knowing your family's health history! Knowing your family’s medical history can help you identify if you have a higher than usual chance of having common diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Knowing this information allows you to reduce and prevent your risk of developing these diseases! How can you learn about your family medical history? By talking to your relatives and family members!

Our Deaf Health lab’s data shows that 17% of Black Deaf adults were unsure if their family members ever had cancer compared to 9% of Black Hearing adults. 80% of Black Deaf adults have friends and family that they feel comfortable talking to about health concerns whereas 87% Black Hearing adults had friends and family member they discussed their health with. Ask about your family’s health because your health is everything."

Having discussions with your family about your family health history is very important. This video explains the importance of having family health discussion, especially among black deaf families.