Women's Health Series: Thalassaemia (8)
Thalassaemia Major is a serious form of anaemia which is inherited from both parents. The aim of this booklet is to provide useful and supportive information.
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Date Posted: 1 June 2010
Our blood carries oxygen
from the lungs to every part of ourbodies. Oxygen is carried in the
haemoglobin which is part of the red blood cells. People with
Thalassaemia Major cannot produce enough haemoglobin within their
blood cells. When there is not enough oxygen in the blood we
become anaemic. Thalassaemia Major is not contagious or infectious.
It is inherited.
If you are concerned that
you may have Thalassaemia, you can ask your doctor to refer you to
the local hospital for a test. A simple blood test tells you
whether you have inherited the Thalassaemia Trait.
For further information on
Thalassaemia, download our leaflet. The Thalassaemia Society also
provides information, support and counselling. Contact them at:
19 The Broadway, Southgate
Circus, London N14 6PH
Freephone advice line: 0800 731 1109
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Thalassaemia (Women's Health Series Leaflet 8) was
correct at date of publication June 2010.