Cystic Fibrosis Carrier Screening - Why Not Be Screened?
There may be reasons you would
choose not to have cystic fibrosis (CF) carrier testing.
You think that your risk of being a carrier is
low. This may be true if you are an African American or an Asian American. The
incidence of CF is lower in these groups.
You are already pregnant
and the information obtained from testing will not affect your decision to
continue your pregnancy. Remember, though, that CF test results can provide
valuable information for the care of your unborn child.
testing is expensive. You may decide not to have testing if your insurance does
not pay for it.
Testing does not identify all people who have a
mutation in the CF gene. There is a small chance that you are a carrier even if
the results are normal (negative).
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 15, 2011
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