Ask AF: Health History

What should I ask my birth father about my birth family's medical history? The AF expert explains which hereditary health problems could be important.

Q: As an adult adoptee, I’m concerned about hereditary health problems. I have contact with my birth father—what should I ask him about?

A: You should inquire about the age and health of any birth siblings. Also, ask about any history of the following specific genetic conditions in your birth family: diabetes, early-onset heart disease, breast or colon cancer, and depression or other psychiatric disorders.