National Sickle Cell Awareness Month
September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Throughout the month, CDC will be sharing information about sickle cell disease and highlighting CDC’s activities and resources.
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a genetic condition that is present at birth that affects approximately 100,000 Americans. Symptoms and complications of SCD are different for each person and can range from mild to severe. Complications of SCD include pain and other serious problems such as infection, acute chest syndrome, stroke, and more.
Despite the possible complications, people with SCD can live full lives and enjoy most of the activities that other people do. CDC offers many free resources for people with SCD, sickle cell trait, healthcare providers who treat people with SCD and sickle cell trait, and more.
For more information and resources about SCD, visit our website: www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/sicklecell. To stay updated and follow our activities all month long, be sure to follow @CDC_NCBDDD on Twitter and subscribe to our blood disorders email list!