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Common genetic disorder can be fatal



Common genetic disorder can be fatal

You may have the most common genetic disorder and not even know it. Hemochromatosis — affecting one in 300 Canadians — is a genetic condition where one has too much iron in their blood. It can be fatal if untreated. Rayne Kuntz was diagnosed with hemochromatosis last January as part of her annual checkup with her family doctor. She has since undergone 18 phlebotomies, a treatment where one donates blood. “Had I not been diagnosed, I may have gotten to a point and they wouldn’t have found hemochromatosis until I got one of those terrible diseases ... but because I was fortunate enough to be diagnosed by a fluke at my doctors office, now I’m being de-ironed and I’m a healthy person,” said Kuntz...read more