Some people may have an increased chance of being a carrier of certain genetic diseases based on their ethnic backgrounds. Examples include:
- Cystic Fibrosis in Caucasians
- Sickle cell disease in African Americans
- Thalassemia in Asians and individuals of Mediterranean descent
- Tay-Sachs in Canavan disease in Ashkenazi Jews
Other people may be at risk for an inherited disorder present in their family. If you are concerned that your baby may be at risk for inheriting a disorder, talk with your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider or a genetic counselor can discuss what screening options may be appropriate for you.
If you are at risk, a simple blood test may determine if you or your partner are carriers. If either of you are carriers, your healthcare provider or genetic counselor can discuss the risk to your baby of inheriting a disorder.