According to Tuesday’s study, too many Americans have sickle cell disease.
According to the study, less than half receive screenings and half (or even fewer) get treatment that may help with anemia or pain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published the report and called for increased screening and treatment.
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A leading cause of stroke among children is sickle-cell anemia. The disease can shorten life expectancy by more than 20 years and lead to complications, said the CDC’s Dr. Karen Remley.
“These complications are preventable — not inevitable,”She made the statement in a statement.
Sickle cell disease is a group of inherited disorders in which red blood cells — normally round — become hard, sticky and crescent shaped. These misshapen cells can block blood flow, leading to infections and pain. Black Americans account for more than 90% of those suffering from sickle cell diseases.
In 2019, the research included 3,300 sickle cell patients. It found 47% of children aged 2–9 years and 38% of those aged 10–16 received an ultrasound scan to check blood flow and assess their risk for stroke. People at highest risk can receive blood transfusions.
A study found that 38% of younger children and 53% older kids used hydroxyurea. This drug can help reduce severe pain or other complications.
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This article was contributed by the Associated Press
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