The Sickle Cell Disease

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Sickle Cell The ¨Sickle cell disease affects approximately one hundred thousand Americans and about one out of thirteen black or African American babies are born with sickle cell disease¨ (“Sickle Cell Disease SCD”). Sickle cell disease affects many people all around the world. This disease is hereditary and it is not contagious like a cold. If there is a chance an individual carries the sickle cell trait or the disease, that individual should definitely get tested. Sickle cell disease is a random illness that affects a person 's blood system and currently is incurable; however, it can be diagnosed and treated and scientists are hopeful that one day they will find a cure. Furthermore, sickle cell has a long history as a disease that…show more content…
Along with establishing whether or not a person has the disease, there are a few treatment plans. Options for a treatment plan include a bone marrow transplant, vaccinations, and blood transfusions. Fortunately, the treatments today help out with making this disease less painful, but there are still struggles that are faced. The bone marrow transplant treatment is the only hope for a cure today, and to find a donor is nearly impossible. Unfortunately, the donor has to be a perfect match, and this procedure works best at age 16 or below. In “Sickle Cell Anemia” it is stated that, “It is usually reserved for people younger than age 16 because the risks increase for people older than 16”. Luckily blood transfusions are another option that help increase red blood cells, but it unfortunately comes with side effects as well including iron buildup and infections that are even more dangerous for the sickle cell patient. Furthermore, it is critical that sickle cell patients receive vaccinations in order to prevent the danger of infection. “Childhood vaccinations are important for preventing disease in all children. They 're even more important for children with sickle cell anemia because their infections can be severe” (Sickle Cell…show more content…
In “I Have Sickle Cell Disease, but Sickle Cell Doesn’t Have Me” Tiffany McCoy is alive “...thanks to advances in treatment”. When she was born her family believed she was not going to be around for long, but thankfully she is still around today. She is alive today because of medical advancements and she has taken medication for this disease all her life. Not only did she have to take a lot of medication, she also went to the hospital more than any average person
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