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Can I be screened for sickle cell anemia?

Yes, it is possible to be screened for sickle cell anemia. In fact, most infants in the United States are screened for sickle cell anemia at birth. This is done by examining the blood cells with a microscope. You should make sure you are screened particularly if you have any relatives who have the condition.

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