Sickle Cell Disease-

A Disease that Doesn't Go Away

Peyton J

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  Catching a cold, or any type of sickness, is not a fun experience. Fortunately, when catching these diseases, with the right treatment, you can also get rid of them. But could you imagine being born with a disease that would never go away? People with Sickle Cell Disease SCD know that feeling, and this month we recognize and sympathize with those individuals.

   The Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a mutation in the blood cell that causes it to become hard and sticky. The blood cell also changes, resembling a C-shaped farming tool known as the “sickle”. These sickle cells can cause many problems, like blood shortages and blood clots. It is an inherited disease that currently affects 70,000-100,000 Americans. Blood transfusions are the most common treatments for the disease.

   During the month of September, various programs bring awareness to the seriousness of Sickle Cell Disease and the importance of donating blood for those who need it. It’s very important for hospitals to have a large and diverse blood supply to help as many victims/patients as possible. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. High school students 18 and younger usually have to meet certain weight and height requirements. If you want more information on how to donate, talk to your doctor or visit a nearby hospital.

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