Faces of Sickle Cell Disease
2009 Poster Child
National Sickle Cell Disease Association
2011-2013 Poster Child
Escambia & Santa Rosa Counties, Florida
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What is Sickle Cell Disease?
Sickle Cell Disease(SCD) is a serious, inherited disease that can be very painful. This disorder is characterized by abnormal, crescent-shaped red blood cells. It can cause a number of serious complications. For some people, it has even caused death. It can affect any race, gender or ethnicity.
What is Sickle Cell Trait?
People who inherit one sickle cell gene and one normal gene have the sickle cell “trait” and they can pass it on to their children. It is possible for a person with sickle cell trait to experience complications of sickle cell disease, such as splenic sequestration, “pain crisis,” and, rarely, sudden death. This, “exertional sickling,” can happen under extreme conditions of high altitude, low oxygen or dehydration.
In United States:
- SCD affects 90,000 to 100,000 Americans.
- SCD occurs among about 1 out of every 500 Black or African-American births.
- SCD occurs among about 1 out of every 36,000 Hispanic-American births.
- SCD occurs among about 1 out of every 60,000 Caucasian-American births.
- SCT occurs among about 1 in 12 Blacks or African Americans.
Source: http://www.cdc.gov/NCBDDD/sicklecell/data.html, 4/3/2012,
Wilson, M.D., Felicia, History of Sickle Cell Disease, Director, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of South Alabama
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