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SICKLE CELL AWARENESS

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is an inherited disorder where red blood cells, instead of being round, become sickle-shaped. This causes blood flow issues and can lead to pain, infections, and organ damage.


SYMPTOMS


- Pain Crises: Sudden, severe pain.

- Anemia: Tiredness from low red blood cell counts.

- Infections: Higher risk of getting sick.

- Organ Damage: Problems with organs like the liver and kidneys.


TREATMENTS


- Hydroxyurea: A medicine that helps reduce pain and the need for blood transfusions.

- Blood Transfusions: To treat severe anemia and prevent strokes.

- Bone Marrow Transplant: Can cure SCD but is hard to match donors.


WHY AWARENESS MATTERS


Early diagnosis is crucial to managing SCD effectively. Education helps patients and families understand the disease and get the right treatment. Awareness leads to better support and research funding, improving life for those with SCD and moving us closer to a cure.

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