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How many ataxia telangiectasia carriers are there in the United States?

An estimated one percent of the U.S. population, or about 2.5 million people, may be carriers of ataxia telangiectasia (A-T). A-T has no racial, economic, geographic or education barriers. Both males and females are equally affected. It is believed that many children with A-T, particularly those who die at a young age, are never properly diagnosed. Therefore, this disease may actually be much more common than projected.

This answer is based on source information from National Cancer Institute.

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