WHAT IS SICKLE CELL?

Sickle Cell Disease is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. The unusually shaped 'Sickle' Cells can cause problems because they do not live as long as healthy red blood cells. The Sickle shaped cells are sticky and rigid and can become stuck in the blood vessels. 

Sickle cell is a serious and lifelong condition, although long term treatment can help manage some of the problems associated with it. 

People with Sickle Cell disease can have serious pain episodes referred to as a Sickle Cell Crisis. Other complications include Stroke, Acute chest syndrome, increased risk of infection, Organ damage and vision problems. 

Did you know?

  • Sickle Cell is one of the most common genetic diseases in the world 

  • There are over 250,000 carriers of the Sickle Cell Gene in England 

  • There is a 1 in 4 chance that a baby can have Sickle Cell Anaemia if both parents are Sickle Cell Trait carriers 

  • You can be tested for Sickle Cell and other genetic conditions at any time in your life 

How do I get tested?

You can go to your GP or your local Sickle Cell Centre to be tested.

All newborn babies in England are now offered a test for Sickle Cell. 

It is important to be tested so you can receive the correct treatment if you do have Sickle Cell or to know if you are a Sickle Cell carrier. 

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