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Myths and Truths



Only the Black Minority Ethnic population gets Sickle Cell Disease


Sickle Cell is a disease that affects people of all different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, including African, Arabian, Israeli, Greek, Italian, Hispanic, Turkish, and Pakistani.

Contrary to popular believe, it is entirely possible for a blond-haired, blue-eyed child of Northern European extraction to have Sickle Cell disease. For this reason, in all UK hospitals, all ethnic backgrounds now are screened at birth for the type of haemoglobin responsible for causing Sickle Cell disease.

Sickle Cell is not contagious. It’s strictly an inherited disease, and only people who are born with this genetic defect can develop it.


Everything you need to know


The importance of regular health checks and treatment cannot be overstated. Check ups may involve tests for potential kidney, lung, and liver diseases. Frequently visit a sickle cell anaemia specialist. Additionally, to check for eye damage, schedule routine visits with an eye doctor.

Discover the warning signs and symptoms of a stroke. Long-lasting headaches, limb weakness on one side, limping, and abrupt changes in speech, vision, or hearing are a few of them. Inform your doctor promptly if you experience any of these signs.

Treat and manage any additional medical disorders you may be experiencing, such as diabetes or kidney problems.

If you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant, consult your doctor. You’ll require special prenatal care. During pregnancy, sickle cell anaemia can get worse. Women with sickle cell anaemia are at greater risk for giving birth prematurely or to babies who are underweight at delivery. However, you can have a safe pregnancy with early prenatal care and regular checks.