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 causes sickle cell disease?
- Q Does sickle cell anemia run in families?
- Q What is sickle-hemoglobin C (Hb S-C) disease?
- Q What increases my risk for sickle cell disease?
- Q What increases my risk for sickle cell anemia?
- Q If I have sickle cell trait, do I also have sickle cell disease?