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Is Down syndrome genetic?

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Most cases of Down syndrome are not genetic, with only 1 percent of cases considered hereditary, according to the National Down Syndrome Society. The remaining 99 percent of cases are random. One of every 691 babies born yearly has the disease.

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There are some known factors that can increase the risk that a child will be born with Down syndrome, including a mother that is age 35 or older. Women who have at least one child with the disease are more likely to have another child born with it.

Translocation is a form of Down syndrome that does carry a higher risk of development due to genetics. One third of this type are hereditary.

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