News Analysis By Glenn Ellis
(TriceEdneyWire.com) – September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. First officially recognized by the federal government in 1983, National Sickle Cell Awareness Month calls attention to sickle cell disease (SCD), a genetic disease.
Most people who are diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia are African-Americans. And about one in every 365 African-American children are born with it. Sickle cell disease is a blood disorder that’s inherited — meaning it’s passed down from parents to their children. Babies are born with sickle cell disease when they inherit two abnormal genes (one from each parent). These genes cause the body’s red blood cells to change shape.