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Get screened for sickle cell trait
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    National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) ; American Society of Hematology. ; Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.
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    Know Your Status -- Sickle Cell Disease Types -- Family Stories.

    Know Your Status

    Did you know there’s more than one way to inherit Sickle Cell Disease?

    If you don’t have a health care provider, visit our Sickle Cell Disease National Resource Directory at www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/sicklecell

    Sickle Cell Disease Types

    There are many types of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), determined by the types of abnormal hemoglobin (Hb) a person makes. Hb protein in red blood cells carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. People with SCD have abnormal Hb, which doesn’t carry oxygen well, causing some of the medical problems of SCD. The most common types of SCD are:

    • HbSS

    • HbSC

    • HbS beta-thalassemia



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