What are some myths about Sickle Cell Anemia?

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 in

  • There is a cure. There is no cure. However Bone Marrow Transplant is promising for some patients if there is a donor match available.
  • It is contagious. Sickle Cell Anemia is a genetic disease and can not be transferred from person to person…it is in your genetic makeup. Your DNA.
  • Everyone feels the same amount of pain. The pain has the same severity and frequency for all. It varies from person to person.
  • All patients will die during childhood from Sickle Cell complications. This is not scientifically true and varies from patient to patient. Consistent treatment and a healthy diet can produce favorable out-comes.