Hemochromatosis Screening Awareness Month
Hemochromatosis is an inherited disorder of excessive body accumulation of
iron. It is common among the white population, affecting approximately 1 in 400
individuals of European ancestry. Hemochromatosis patients are believed to
absorb excessive amounts of iron from the diet. Since the human body has limited
ways of eliminating the absorbed iron, the iron accumulates over time in the
liver, bone marrow, pancreas, skin, and testicles. This accumulation of iron in
these organs causes them to function poorly.
For more in-depth information about hemochromatosis, please read the following articles:
Last Editorial Review: 7/7/2004
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