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What are the potential benefits and harms of testing for Alpha-1?

Potential benefits:

  • Deciding to stop cigarette smoking, getting help if necessary
  • Choosing never to smoke
  • Avoiding secondhand smoke
  • Avoiding harmful exposures on the job and in the environment
  • Avoiding excessive alcohol use
  • Better conversations with healthcare providers about preventative care and improving health

Potential harms:

  • May be personally unsettling
  • May affect your ability to get life and disability insurance
  • May create stress in your family
  • May increase your personal healthcare costs

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