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One in 500 African-Americans Still Living With Sickle Cell Disease

By Florence Neal Cooper-Smith

 

MR VIsion National - Sickle Cell One in 500 African - group black college-kids-1185px(TriceEdneyWire.com) – Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. The disease causes red blood cells to function abnormally. The cells become rigid and curve into sickle shapes. The red blood cells become hard and sticky and they die early, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells.

The sickle shape makes it difficult for the cells to flow through tiny blood vessels and blocks the flow of blood and oxygen to vital organs of the body. These blockages can cause repeated episodes of severe pain, organ damage, strokes, serious infections and other medical complications.

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