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a medical illustration of sickle cell anemiaWhat is sickle cell anemia?
September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, which makes it a good time learn more about the facts and signs of sickle cell anemia. It's an inherited form of anemia — a condition in which there aren't enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout your body. For most people, there's no cure, but treatments can relieve pain and help prevent problems associated with the disease. What do you know about sickle cell anemia?


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