Sickle Cell Resources for African Americans

Please take the time to educate yourself about Sickle Cell Disease.

What is Sickle Cell Disease?

Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells. People with sickle cell disease have red blood cells that contain mostly hemoglobin* S, an abnormal type of hemoglobin. Sometimes these red blood cells become sickle-shaped (crescent shaped) and have difficulty passing through small blood vessels.

When sickle-shaped cells block small blood vessels, less blood can reach that part of the body. Tissue that does not receive a normal blood flow eventually becomes damaged. This is what causes the complications of sickle cell disease. There is currently no universal cure for sickle cell disease.

Sickle Cell Information Center

The mission of this site is to provide sickle cell patient and professional education, news, research updates and world wide sickle cell resources. It is the mission of our organizations to provide world class compassionate care, education, counseling, and research for patients with sickle cell disease. It is our mission to help break the sickle cycle.

Sickle Cell Anemia - MayoClinic

Sickle cell anemia is an inherited blood disease that causes pain, organ damage and other problems. Treatments may reduce pain and prevent complications.

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