What is sickle cell trait?
Sickle cell trait is not a disease; it is inherited from a person’s parents. People who inherit one sickle cell gene and one normal gene have sickle cell trait. People with sickle cell trait usually don’t have any symptoms of sickle cell disease and may not know it runs in their family.
Why should you know your sickle cell trait status?
It’s important to know your sickle cell trait status so that you can also know your chances of having a child with sickle cell disease; or be better prepared to take measures to protect your health. Sickle cell trait is identified with a simple blood test by a doctor.
Talk to your family about whether you have a family history of sickle cell trait. Learning your family’s health history can help you and your doctor make better decisions about how to manage your health and healthcare.
- Learn more about family health history
- Record your family health history with My Family Health Report
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