Pinchbeck HQ for Haemochromatosis UK
Haemochromatosis UK welcomed local MP Sir John Hayes to the opening of its new national headquarters in Enterprise Way, Pinchbeck.
Genetic haemochromatosis is the UK’s most common inherited genetic condition. There are over 380,000 people affected in the UK, yet only a few thousand have been diagnosed and are receiving treatment.
People affected by genetic haemochromatosis find it difficult to process iron in their bodies. Over time (usually several years or decades), the amount of iron builds up. This is known as iron overload, which can lead to chronic fatigue, painful joints and issues like diabetes, liver and heart disease.
Haemochromatosis UK’s chief executive Neil McClements said: “Genetic haemochromatosis is too often a silent killer. Early diagnosis saves lives. We’re thrilled that Sir John shares our passion to raise awareness of this treatable condition. We’re grateful that he made time in his busy schedule to open our new national offices in Spalding.”
Sir John said “It’s great to have the organisation here in Spalding. Haemochromatosis affects an immense number of people – it’s more commonly known as iron overload. But the problem is although around 380,000 people may be affected, many just don’t know – and we need to raise awareness.”
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