Have you been tested for Sickle Cell Disease? If not, you can ask your doctor for blood tests called “Hemoglobin Electrophoresis and CBC”. Otherwise, there is no way to know if you carry a trait that could be passed down to your children possibly giving them sickle cell disease or a related red blood cell disorder.
Millions of people do not know they have sickle cell trait. This is because trait usually does not cause illness. If you and your partner both have sickle cell trait, there is a 25% chance with EACH pregnancy that your child could be born with sickle cell disease.
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September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month
Millions of people do not know they have sickle cell trait, because the trait usually does not cause illness. That's why it's important to be tested and to know your "trait status."