No, you cannot develop sickle cell anemia as an adult. It is an inherited condition and will be present from birth. In the United States, all births are screened for sickle cell anemia.
- Q What is sickle cell anemia?
- Q What are the chances my baby will have sickle cell disease (SCD)?
- Q What do I need to know about caring for someone with sickle cell anemia?
- Q What is sickle-hemoglobin C (Hb S-C) disease?
- Q What is sickle cell disease?
- Q Does sickle cell anemia run in families?