Sickle Cell: Dr. Althea Grant Answers Your Questions
Sickle cell occurs in about 1 in every 500 African-American births. About 2 million Americans, or 1 in 12 African Americans, carry the sickle cell trait.
BlackDoctor.org was honored to host a sickle cell Q&A session featuring Dr. Althea Grant, the CDC’s Chief of the Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch in the Division of Blood Disorders, NCBDDD. The dialogue was both engaging and extremely informative, and we’d like to thank both Dr. Grant and everyone who took the time to ask questions.
Below is a recap of this exciting information session:
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Question: Why do so many people with sickle cell have to have so many blood transfusions? Isn’t that unhealthy?