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Sickle Cell Disease Information

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For a limited time, purchase a bottle of Mixed Chicks DEEP conditioner and one dollar ($1) of the proceeds will benefit sickle cell research and patient programs.

MIXED CHICKS is partnering with the National Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc, the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California and chapters across the US to educate the world on the effects of sickle cell disease.

What Is Sickle Cell Disease?

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. Healthy red blood cells are round and they move through small blood vessels carrying oxygen to all parts of the body. In SCD, the red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a “sickle”. Sickle cells die early, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells. Sickle cells can get stuck in small blood vessels and block the flow of blood and oxygen to organs in the body. These blockages cause repeated episodes of severe pain, organ damage, serious infections, or even stroke.

What Causes Sickle Cell Disease?

SCD is inherited in the same way that people get the color of their eyes, skin, and hair. A person with SCD is born with it. People cannot catch SCD from being around a person who has it.

Who Is Affected By Sickle Cell Disease?

It is estimated that SCD affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the United States, mainly Blacks or African Americans. The disease occurs among about 1 of every 500 Black or African-American births and among about 1 out of every 36,000 Hispanic-American births. SCD affects millions of people throughout the world and is particularly common among those whose ancestors come from sub-Saharan Africa; regions in the Western Hemisphere (South America, the Caribbean, and Central America); Saudi Arabia; India; and Mediterranean countries such as Turkey, Greece, and Italy.

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