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5 facts you should know about sickle cell disease
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    Five facts you should know about sickle cell disease
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    SCD has many faces -- SCD can be cured for certain patients -- Anemia is a common effect of SCD, but it can be treated -- A person with SCD can live a long and high quality life.

    A child gets sickle cell disease (SCD) when he or she receives two sickle cell genes—one from each parent.

    A child who inherits only one sickle cell gene has sickle cell trait (SCT). If both parents have either SCD or SCT, it is important for them to discuss this information with each other and with a doctor when making decisions about family planning.

    For more information about SCD, visit: www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/sicklecell


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