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What increases my risk for sickle cell anemia?

Because sickle cell anemia is an inherited disease, genetics are the only thing that may increase your risk. In the United States, 10 percent of African Americans are carriers. People of Spanish, Indian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean descent commonly carry the sickle cell anemia trait as well. However, carriers rarely experience symptoms, if at all. This is because it takes the genes of two carriers to cause the genetic mutation that causes sickle cell anemia to develop.

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