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 if they choose to have children. Among whites, about 2 to
5 out of 100 are carriers of a defective CF gene.3 CF
is much less common in other racial and ethnic groups.
testing is expensive. Another thing that may guide the decision to have
testing is whether the cost of the test is covered by your insurance
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