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Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of blood disorders typically inherited from a person's parents. The most common type is known as sickle cell anaemia (SCA). It results in an abnormality in the oxygen-carrying protein haemoglobin found in red blood cells. This leads to a rigid, sickle-like shape under certain circumstances. Problems in sickle cell disease typically begin around 5 to 6.

Brief History. The American Red Cross lists sickle cell disease (SCD) as the most common genetic blood disease in the United States. The life expectancy of someone with SCD is about 42 to 47 years, according to the American Society of Hematology.

ABOUT SCTPN. Sickle Cell/Thalassemia Patients Network (SCTPN) began in 1989 at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital (now known as Interfaith Medical Center) located in Brooklyn, NY,as an adult and parent support group for individuals with inherited blood disorder.

Sickle cell anemia (sickle cell disease) is a blood disease that shortens life expectancy. It is caused by an inherited abnormal hemoglobin that decreases life expectancy. Symptoms of sickle cell anemia include bacterial infections, arthritis, leg ulcers, fatigue, and lung and heart injury. Sickle cell treatment is focused on managing and preventing the worst symptoms of the disease.