Sickle Cell Anemia

Drawing of sickle cells

What Is Sickle Cell Anemia?

Sickle Cell Anemia and Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) refers to a group of inherited red blood cells disorders. It means you have an abnormal protein in your red blood cells. Symptoms include pain, infection, acute chest syndrome, and stroke. SCD affects millions of people throughout the world and is particularly common among those whose ancestors came from sub-Saharan Africa. It can provide resistance against malaria.