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Facing Up To A Hidden Killer

Facing Up To A Hidden Killer
Thalassaemia is an inborn blood disorder and can be simply stated as the inability of the body to produce sufficient amount of Hemoglobin in the red blood cells. The result is brutal anemia.
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  • Thalassaemia is a form of the genetic blood disorder Sickle Cell, which mainly affects Afro-Caribbean people.

  • But the surprise news is that a staggering 80% of Thalassaemia births in the UK occur in Asian families.

  • The disease is characterised by a reduced or erroneous production of haemoglobin, the respiratory pigment contained in red blood cells.

  • A child with Thalassaemia Major – the most serious form of this disorder – is unable to produce enough blood cells and develops a life-threatening anaemia. They would require regular blood transfusions. However, it is possible to cure the disease by performing a bone marrow transplant using a compatible donor. The Thalassaemia Asian Awareness campaign was born in 1996 when an independently commissioned survey revealed that only 5% of Asians were aware of the condition.

  • In some communities, up to 1 in 7 Asians may be affected by the disease.

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