29 March 2018
Facts about Sickle Cell Disease

Facts about Sickle Cell Disease

Facts about Sickle Cell Disease

  • Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a hereditary blood disorder that affects the red blood cells.
  • SCD patients can require up to 12 units of blood per month.
  • SCD patients often require blood from people of similar ethnic background because of chronic transfusions.
  • One in 500 African-Americans are affected by sickle cell disease.
  • More than 95% of sickle cell patients are African American, yet only five percent of black people donate blood.
  • In the US, it is estimated that Sickle Cell disease affects 70,000 to 100,000 people, mainly African Americans.
  • Sickle cell occurs in more than one out of every 36,000 Hispanic births.
  • More than 2 million Americans have the sickle cell trait; one in 12 African Americans have the sickle cell trait.
  • About 1,000 babies are born with sickle cell disease each year.