Quick Facts

FACT: Traits are healthy carriers of Thalassaemia. Most people who carry the trait do not know they have it.

FACT: Treatments are improving quickly – people can live a long life if they receive the right treatment.

FACT: Because sickle cell and thalassaemia are genetic diseases they can occur in any population.

FACT: You only get sickle cell or thalassaemia by inheriting genes from your parents.

FACT: It is just as important for men to be screened as it is for women.

FACT: You can’t tell you are a carrier unless you have a blood test.