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I don't know how many of you have heard of alpha-1 which is a genetic condition that affects the lungs and liver. I never knew anything about it until I had some dna testing done and they said I was a carrier of the alpha 1. So I am classified as a MZ the m as being normal and the z is for the alpha. They tell me that since I was a smoker and now a carrier it increased my chances of copd . Today I read an article that being a carrier increases your chances of getting copd, adenocarcinoma cancer and squamous cell cancer. Lucky me I have all three!!!! its something to think about. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2562773/

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@sakota- Good morning Joan! How are you faring? Many of us have a multitude of diseases as a result of smoking. And there is not any difference in treatments for COPD, whether it's genetic or not. You have both squamous and adenocarcinoma cells? I'm confused.