Sickle Cell disease is a genetic order characterized by periodic crises when sickle-shaped red blood cells clump together in the small vessels causing a variety of problems, including severe pain. Sickle cell facts;
- A child gets sickle cell disease when he or she receives two sickle cell genes
- 3,000 children are born with sickle cell disease each year
- An estimated 100,000 people live with Sickle Cell Disease inthe U.S. and millions are affected globally.
- While sickle cell is most common in African Americans, it is still present in other populations.
- A person with SCD can live a long and high quality life. More than 95% of newborns with SCD in the US will live to be adults.