June 19 Is World Sickle Cell Day: Get the Facts

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  • Iron Overload and SCD
  • How Do You Know You Have SCD?
  • African-Americans and Sickle Cell
  • Sickle Cell and Genetics
  • Is There a Cure?
  • The 411 on Sickle Cell
  • What Is Sickle Cell Disease?
  • Why Is SCD Harmful?
  • What Are the Complications?
  • How Do You Treat It?

African-Americans and Sickle Cell

While we don’t really have an exact number, the CDC estimates that there are 90,000 to 100,000 Americans living with sickle cell anemia, with many of them being African-Americans and other people of color such as Latinos and Middle Easterners. One out of every 500 Black babies is born with sickle cell and one in 12 African-Americans are carriers of the sickle cell anemia gene.


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