The exact number of people living with Sickle Cell disease (SCD) or the Sickle Cell Trait (SCT) in the United States of America is unknown. Congress passed the National Sickle Cell Anemia Control Act in 1972 and a law was passed in 1974 requiring every child born of color to be tested for SCD. Unfortunately, the states were slow to comply, and it wasn’t until 2006 (32 years later) that ALL states were testing. Now we have generations of people living here in the USA that do not know their sickle cell status. SCD can cause a lot of complications such as kidney disease, high blood pressure, stroke etc... A lot of people may have these complications and may not understand why. The culprit could be SCD! Take this simple survey. One of our goals at The Potters Smile is to survey, test and evaluate for SCD. We believe that the cure is in prevention. The more knowledge you have, the more preventive we can become.
“My people perish from lack of knowledge."