3 Things You Should Know About Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell anemia. 3 words that affect, according to US News, approximately 500 000 people worldwide when they’re born. 1000 of them being in the U.S.

What is it?

Why care?

Now that you have a better understanding of the disease, let’s dive into the specs of the disease.

1. How does one inherit the disease?

If one parent has the gene for sickle cell disease and the other parent has a normal gene, the child will have the SCT. For most people, having this trait does not provoke any symptoms of SCD.

Shows us the potential offspring of two parents with the SCT

2. Where did it originate?

Because of the area where this disease originated, not much attention to come up with a cure was brought to it. Personally, this is what fuels my anger.

Racism

3. Is there a cure?

Adults who are having chronic pain due to SCD are prescribed hydroxyurea. This is an oral medicine that increases the amount of hemoglobin in the blood, which lessens their pain. Patients at a low-risk are required to take frequent blood and urine tests to watch for anemia and kidney damage.

It’s a problem. This disease has been in our world for more than 40 years, and there still isn’t a proper cure for it. It primarily affects children, babies for that matter.

40 years ago, the average lifespan of a patient with SCD was 14 years. That’s nearly a fourth of some of your lives. Now, the average patient can live to be over 50.

We’ve certainly made progress, don’t get me wrong, but I believe that SCD has a much bigger possibility of being cured than we think.

On a path to impact billions. Yeah, billions.

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