FACTS ABOUT THE DIS­EASE

The Progress-Index Weekend - - HEALTH -

• The dis­ease can be erad­i­cated just by know­ing your trait. An SCD test is not run on adults un­less you ask for it, so do so as part of your an­nual blood work. If you have the trait, ed­u­cate your­self on how you can pass it on. • SCD is more than just pain. Pa­tients may also suf­fer the de­struc­tion of red blood cells, fa­tigue and, in cases of chronic hemolytic ane­mia, hy­poxia, vas­cu­lar in­jury, pro­gres­sive end-or­gan dam­age and pre­ma­ture mor­tal­ity.

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