Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. In SCD, the red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a "sickle." People with SCD can live full lives and enjoy most of the activities that other people do. If you have SCD, it's important to learn how to stay as healthy as possible.
Sickle Cell Disease Education and Awareness in Your Community
What is sickle cell disease? What's it like to live with it? We estimate 90,000-100,000 Americans are affected by sickle cell disease.
Bleeding and Clotting Disorders
The purpose of this series is to provide evidence-based information on new research, interventions, emerging issues of interest in blood disorders, as well as innovative approaches in collaborations and partnerships. We invite you to join us in this series.
CDC, together with the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA), created the Sickle Cell Trait Toolkit.
- Page last reviewed: March 25, 2016
- Page last updated: March 25, 2016
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