September is Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Awareness Month

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.


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