Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness Color: Burgundy
Sickle Cell Awareness Month: September
Sickle Cell is a disease that causes the shape of red blood cells to change and become crescent-shaped. Having sickle cell disease means a lifelong battle against the health problems it can cause, such as pain, infections, anemia, and stroke. But many people are able to have a very good quality of life by learning to manage the disease.
Sickle Cell is a genetic disease, passed from parent to child. People with sickle cell often become anemic due to complications from their blood cells not passing easily through their vessles. This is the most commonly known type of complication from the disease, but the most common side effect of the disease is pain. Because of it's hereditary nature, most hospitals test for sickle cell before an infant goes home from the hospital.
*Sources: WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/sickle-cell-disease-topic-overview