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WORLD SICKLE CELL DAY 2015

FRIDAY 19TH JUNE 2015

World Sickle Cell Days hopes to reduce the disease's stigma and invite others to share their story in order to build a community that fosters improved care and treatment.

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports an estimated 90,000 to 100,000 people in the U.S. are affected by the disease, mainly blacks or African-Americans;” Hispanics come in second. Worldwide, however, Sickle Cell Disease is prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa, South America, Central America, Saudi Arabia, India, Turkey, Greece, and Italy.

The life span of someone with Sickle Cell Disease is about 40 years if they live in the U.S. However underdeveloped countries, where there’s limited access to medical care, 90 percent of patients won’t live past age 5.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS STORY VISIT: http://www.medicaldaily.com/world-sickle-cell-day-2015-how-rare-disease-awareness-leads-quality-care-treatment-338846

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