Celebrate National Sickle Cell Awareness Month with the The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage and the Sickle Cell Association of Kentuckiana
What is Sickle Cell Disease (SCD)
The cause of SCD is a defective gene called a sickle cell gene. In the United States, most people with SCD are African Americans; about 1 in 13 African American babies are born with sickle cell trait, and about 1 in every 365 African American children are born with sickle cell disease. SCD is most common among people whose ancestors were from sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, Saudi Arabia, India, and the Mediterranean.