Sickle Cell Anemia

By: Katelyn Robeson

What is Sickle Cell Anemia?

A serious disorder in which the body makes sickle shaped red blood cells instead of the healthy round cells. It is caused by an inherited abnormal hemoglobin. Also causes low oxygen levels in the blood.

Life Expectancy and Treatments

Life Expectancy with Sickle Cell Anemia is the mid 40s of age, and life expectancy is cut down 20-30 years. There is no cure for this disease, but medication is used to fight symptoms, and complications.

Fun Facts

- Women with SCA tend to live longer than men with SCA.

- In 1973 life span with this disease was 14 years old.

- Causes red blood cells to change shape.