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Screening for Other Genetic Diseases

Canavan disease is only one of hundreds of autosomal recessive genetic diseases that can affect a child. If you're considering screening for Canavan disease, you should also consider screening for other diseases. 

Preconception screening for Cystic Fibrosis and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is recommended for anyone who is considering starting or adding to a family, no matter what their ancestry. Preconception screening for other diseases is recommended for other ethnic groups and for people with a family history of genetic disease.

Your doctor or a genetic counselor can help you understand which other screening might be right for you. Speak to your doctor about genetic screening.

For more information on the screening process, watch the video  A Genetic Counselor on Screening.