In honor of sickle cell awareness month, the Central California Blood Center for the month of September will expand its testing to include sickle cell trait screening on all donations from self-identified African American donors. This additional screening will help CCBC identify compatible blood types more quickly to help sickle cell patients and provide our African American donors additional health insight during a time when health information has never been more important.
About 100,000 people in the United States have sickle cell disease. Most are of African descent. The disease causes red blood cells to harden and form a C-shape (like a sickle). When hardened, the cells can get caught in blood vessels and cause serious complications for patients. These complications can include severe pain, respiratory conditions, organ failure, and even stroke.*
While there is no cure for sickle cell patients, blood transfusions can alleviate symptoms and even prevent patients from dying. The generosity of blood donors is crucial for these patients.
*Source: American Red Cross
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