FACTS ABOUT THE DISEASE
• 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.