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Racially profiled sickle cell disease patients say they face poor care

Some 5,000 Canadians suffer from sickle cell disease that can leave them in excruciating and paralyzing pain during an attack, and when left untreated, can be deadly. But many patients who seek medical help are instead racially profiled and discriminated against, resulting in poor health care and potentially deadly consequences.

Many patients who seek medical help for sickle cell disease say they are racially profiled and discriminated against, resulting in poor health care.

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