Sickle Cell Awareness Month

September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Millions of people do not know they have sickle cell trait, because the trait usually does not cause illness. That's why it's important to be tested. If you and your partner both have sickle cell trait, there is a 25% chance with EACH pregnancy that your child could be born with sickle cell disease.

Follow Nationwide Children's on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram throughout the month for important information about sickle cell disease. The articles below also provide information on Nationwide Children's Comprehensive Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Program. Our staff is always happy to answer your questions at (614) 722-3563.

Treating Sickle Cell Disease in the United States

Hydroxyurea is the only drug available to prevent sickle cell disease crises, but many caregivers opt out. Why? Read more.

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Approximately 3,000 children are born with sickle cell disease each year in the United States. Find out the latest facts on this genetic disease that affects the red blood cells. Download PDF.

Have you been tested for sickle cell disease? Find out why it's important for both you and your partner to know your "trait status" and to be tested for sickle cell disease. Read more.

Approximately 375 children, adolescents and adults with sickle cell disease are treated at Nationwide Children's each year. Find out why our program is recognized as one of six selected clinical centers for the management of children with sickle cell anemia. Read more.

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Sickle cell disease is the most common inherited blood disorder in the United States and affects millions of people around the globe. It is characterized by periods of severe pain caused by sickle-shaped red blood cells. Read more.

Find out why Nationwide Children's Sickle Cell Program is recognized as one of six selected clinical centers by the Ohio Department of Health. Download PDF.