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Sickle Cell Awareness

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medical illustration of the effects of sickle cell anemia

medical illustration of the effects of sickle cell anemia

medical illustration of the effects of sickle cell anemia

Joy Moore, U.S./World News and Politics Editor

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   Last month is Sickle Cell Awareness month. Sickle Cell is a blood disorder where red blood cells become sickled and deformed. It is a disorder that is inherited through genes. It started off as a gene mutation that was started in regions, such as central Africa, India, and the Middle East because most of those regions are more prone to malaria. It is the most common blood disorder in African-Americans in the United States. 1 in 345 African Americans are born with sickle cell and 1 in 13 African-Americans are born with the trait. Sickle Cell is a recessive trait and requires a combination of two recessive alleles in order for it to show up.

   Since it was Sickle Cell Awareness month, I wanted to see how many people at Rodriguez High School knew about it. I constructed a random sample around school where I asked asked random students from different grades how much they knew about it. I put the data into 3 categories: 1)Never heard of it.2)Yes, have heard about but do not know a lot about it. 3)Yes, have a lot of knowledge a lot about it. 74 students did not know about the disease, 82 students have heard of the disease, but do not know much about it and 42 students know a lot about the disease. These results show that a lot of people need to learn about the disease because it plays an intricate part in the lives of those who actually have the disease or those who carry the trait.

   Now that you have some knowledge of Sickle Cell, go seek more information and spread awareness because the Sickle Cell disease is something everyone should be educated on.

*This article is dedicated to all those who have sickle cell. You are strong, keep fighting. Your life and journey has and never will go unnoticed.

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