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Cystic Fibrosis Carrier Screening - Should I Be Screened?

The decision to have cystic fibrosis (CF) carrier screening is a personal one. You may wish to be tested if you are concerned that you or your partner might be carriers of CF. This may be more likely if either of you has a family member with the disease.

Some people decide to be tested to help find out their risks of passing on to their children a disease that shortens life. Among whites, about 4 out of 100 are carriers of a defective CF gene.1 CF is much less common in other racial and ethnic groups.

You may decide to have carrier testing for CF if you are already pregnant. The test results may influence your decision about your pregnancy or help you make decisions about the care of your newborn child.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: July 18, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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