September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month! This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will share information and resources on sickle cell disease (SCD) to increase knowledge and awareness of the condition.

SCD is an inherited disease, which means it can run in families.  SCD is present from birth. People with SCD have abnormal, “sickle” shaped red blood cells that stick to the blood vessels, blocking blood flow and oxygen to the body. This blockage can cause pain, infection, stroke, and other serious health problems.

In the United States, approximately 100,000 Americans have SCD. It is particularly common among those whose ancestors came from sub-Saharan Africa, Spanish-speaking regions in the Western Hemisphere (South America, the Caribbean, and Central America), Saudi Arabia, India, and Mediterranean countries, such as Turkey, Greece, and Italy.

For some people, SCD can be cured with a bone marrow transplant. If a bone marrow transplant is not an option, treatments are available to help manage SCD-related symptoms. SCD can affect people differently, and the symptoms can range from mild to severe. However, with knowledge and proper medical care, people with SCD can live full and productive lives.


For information on SCD resources available in your state, visit the Sickle Cell Disease National Resource Directory

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