World Sickle Cell Awareness Day Aims to Educate and Unite

By birthinjury on June 27, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighted World Sickle Cell Awareness Day on June 19, 2011 as a chance to spread awareness and understanding of sickle cell disease (SCD), also referred to as sickle cell anemia (SCA). One focus was how the disease affects the lives of individuals and families throughout the world.

According to the CDC, sickle cell disease affects about 90,000 to 100,000 individuals in the U.S. and millions of individuals worldwide. To help better educate the public about the global impact of sickle cell anemia, the CDC and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America have teamed up to host World Sickle Cell Awareness Day activities from June 23 – 24, 2011 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sickle cell anemia is an incurable, genetically disseminated disease, which lowers the amount of oxygen delivered in the blood and restricts blood flow to the limbs and organs.

Diagnosis of Sickle Cell Anemia during the prenatal period can allow expectant parents to obtain information about the disease and provide them with the opportunity to make an informed decision about how they wish to proceed with the pregnancy.

If your child suffers from sickle cell anemia and medical professionals failed to prenatally test for or diagnose the disease, the New Jersey sickle cell anemia lawyers at Blume Forte may be able to help. You may be able to obtain compensation for your child if you were deprived of your ability to make informed choices about the pregnancy. Contact our firm for a no-cost consultation by calling 973-635-5400.

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